Among many quality features, Tomas Berdych’s stunning longevity is most notable of all. The towering Czech, now 32, has been a top-20 fixture for more than a decade, ending every year since 2010 inside the top 10. That remarkable feat is helped by 13 titles and a prolific Grand Slam career. The 2010 Wimbledon final is a high point of Berdych’s 55 majors; he’s also one of just five active players to reach semifinals at all four Slams.
A natural talent soon became clear after the five-year-old Berdych took up tennis in his hometown of Valasske Mezirici, with that ability later developed as a teenager in Prostejov. While passionate about ice hockey – and especially a fan of the Detroit Red Wings – tennis will always be his first sporting love. Berdych has especially thrived in a team setting, leading the Czech Republic to consecutive Davis Cup titles in 2012 and 2013.
In his 14th full year on tour, Berdych still showcases his ability to dominate at big events. Utilizing his dangerous serve and heavy hitting to full effect, Tomas progressed to a seventh Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon, defeating Team Europe colleague Dominic Thiem in five sets en route. Other recent high points are semifinal runs in Doha and Rotterdam (where he defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet respectively). Peaking at world No.4 in May 2015, Berdych’s most recent title came at Shenzhen in 2016. Few doubt his ability to rescale those heights.
SF: Wimbledon, Doha, Rotterdam
QF: Miami, Stuttgart, Queen’s