Tomas Berdych has vowed to prove his fitness in early 2019 after admitting to a “incredibly frustrating” second half of this year.
Berdych has slipped down to 71 in the world rankings after being forced out of action since June with a back injury, which ended what had been a solid start to the year as he reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.
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The Czech star admits he has lost time to make up for and is busy planning to start 2019 in the Auckland ATP tournament, which starts on December 31, as he prepares for the Australian Open again.
He said: “I haven’t been able to win Australian Open yet so maybe the way to do it is by playing in New Zealand. I definitely need matches and I hope to get a lot of it in the first two weeks of the year. I have practised now long enough to be able to push for four weeks in a row if needed.
“It was incredibly frustrating actually,” Berdych said of last season. “Throughout my career I was lucky with not having many injuries so I am really not used to this.
“I had the feeling I was building up something big but then my back said ‘no!’ So I had to take time off and work on my body.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.