Berdych surprised, pleased by upsets

by: Matt Cronin | June 29, 2013

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Tomas Berdych say that while he was surprised that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal lost so early at Wimbledon, he believes that the tour is now getting deep enough where the same players are not going to advance far in every tournament. Only nine of the top 16 men's seeds have reached the fourth round.

“Of course it surprised me a lot,” the seventh-seeded Berdych said. “It’s really great what these [underdog] guys actually achieved. Actually, I know how it is to beat Roger here. It's really nice. These days the people and press and everybody get very used the beginning of the second week they're going to see the draw and they're going to be seven out of the top eight guys, and the eighth one going to be maybe the 12th one, and that's it.

“Now it's going to be way different. That's actually why everybody so shocked, and see it like, 'Wow, what happened?' Couple years ago it was, I would say, normal. Really last eight, nine years it becomes like all the guys just end up in the quarters. People just get used to it."

Berdych, who reached the 2010 Wimbledon final, said that he doesn't mind seeing the top guys go out. He is in No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s half of the draw and is scheduled to play the unseeded Bernard Tomic in the fourth round.

“I'm going to be a little bit selfish. If I'm going to get a little bit of luck, then it's better, yes, because then you have a chance not to play all of them if you want to win the tournament," Berdych said.  "But the otherwise, I don't know, let's see what the fans gonna like more.”

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