Berdych into last eight at Queen_Ñés


Originally published on: 13/06/13 00:00

The Czech world No.6 will face Marin Cilic in the last eight at The Queen’s Club after overcoming Slovenia’s Grega Zemlja 6-3 6-4 in his second match of the tournament.

The No.2 seed arrived in London off the back of a first round defeat to Gael Monfils at the French Open and he will be hoping the additional time on grass will help him avoid a similar fate at Wimbledon, where he fell in round one to Ernests Gulbis last year.

“When I move well and I'm on time where the ball is, then the timing, the confidence, and everything is there,” said the former Wimbledon finalist when asked about adapting his game to the slicker grass.

“Because my game is based on the fact that if I'm hitting the ball clear and I have that kind of feeling that I'm in the position and I'm hitting the ball clear, then it's way easier. It all starts [with] my movement.”

The opening four days of play at the Aegon Championships were effected by the weather but the 27-year-old says it’s something he has become accustomed to. 

“I mean, here we are, and [the rain] is quite usual,” said Berdych. “I think it's preparation for Wimbledon with everything, you know. Especially these tough moments, it's also good to know how to handle that, and I did it quite well. So I'm happy for it.”

Berdych’s only previous appearance at The Queen’s Club was in 2005 when he fell in the first round to Max Mirnyi.


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