Tomáš Berdych (Czech pronunciation: [ˈtomaːʃ ˈbɛrdɪx]; born September 17, 1985) is a Czech professional tennis player. His most notable achievement was reaching the final of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, causing consecutive upsets by defeating top seed and six-time champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, and World No. 3 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. In the final, he lost to Rafael Nadal in straight sets. Berdych’s biggest career win to date was the Paris Masters in 2005 as an unseeded player, defeating Ivan Ljubicic in the final.
Berdych has reached the semifinals of all four Grand Slams. Alongside his Wimbledon performance in the same year, he reached the semifinals of the 2010 French Open, defeating fourth seed Andy Murray in straight sets in the fourth round, and dropping no sets until his loss in the semifinals to Robin Söderling. At the 2012 US Open he defeated World No. 1 Roger Federer, again at the quarterfinal stage, before losing to eventual champion Murray. During the 2014 Australian Open he lost to eventual champion Stanislas Wawrinka in four sets during the semi. He is the second player (after David Nalbandian) to defeat Roger Federer multiple times in Grand Slam events before the semifinal stage. He has the distinction of being one of three players, the others being Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Stan Wawrinka, to defeat all the Big Four in major events.
As well as his Paris Masters win, Berdych has reached the finals of the Miami Masters in 2010, Madrid Open in 2012 and Monte Carlo Masters in 2015, losing to Andy Roddick, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, respectively. He first reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 4 in May 2015.
He also played the longest ATP doubles match ever, with Lukáš Rosol, defeating Marco Chiudinelli and Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round of the 2013 Davis Cup 6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–7, 24–22. The match was played on February 2, 2013, lasting 7 hours, 2 minutes. It was the second longest ATP match ever (singles and doubles combined).
Berdych was born in Valašské Meziříčí, Moravia, Czechoslovakia to Hana Berdychová and Martin Berdych. Berdych started playing tennis at age five at the tennis center in his hometown and birthplace of Valašské Meziříčí. His father, Martin, was a train engineer, while his mother, Hana, is a doctor. At age 8 he reached the final of the top young boys of Czech Republic in Pardubice and won. Berdych soon became a top junior, winning the Czech Republic U-12 Junior Title. He then moved to the city of Prostějov where there were more practice partners and better coaches. Berdych traveled back home often to keep his ties to his old school. Ivan Lendl used a tire iron to train him.
Berdych is a big fan of ice hockey, and his favorite team is the Detroit Red Wings. He has met many Czech players from the NHL and the 1998 Olympic gold medal team, including Martin Straka, Jaromir Jagr and Dominik Hašek. All of them are big tennis fans and have on several occasions come to Prostějov to play alongside Berdych. His favorite surface is hard court, and he considers his strengths to be his forehand and serve. His fitness trainer is José Félix González Castilla. Berdych was in a long term relationship with tennis pro Lucie Šafářová until they broke up in 2011. He became engaged to model Ester Sátorová in late 2014. The pair married in July 2015