Berdych targets Olympic success

Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych, who was a losing Wimbledon semi-finalist the past weekend, is hoping to make a big impression at the Rio Olympic Games later this month. 

In an interview with the ITF website, the 30-year-old Czech player said he was looking forward to participating in his fourth Olympics.

“I’m going to be only 30…I think it’s a good combination of the fourth Olympics and really not being that old," said Berdych.

"Really I’m just looking forward to that and I think it’s just the right time to do some good result.

"With the experience of Brazil and the last World Cup, I think it’s going to be very, I would say, loud. I would say the spectators are really like a real sports fan and they really like to enjoy the time and so it’s going to be quite interesting.”

The world number eight added that he was very proud to be representing his country at Rio and felt it was a very special thing to do.

"I always love to play for my country. When you get a chance to play as an individual for your country I think it’s very special we all year are kind of competing just for ourselves and our teams, but this is a bit different a bit special so I’m really looking forward to the atmosphere of the Olympic Games."

At the 2004 Games, Berdych reached the quarter-finals, in Beijing at the 2008 Games he lost in the third round and last time out in 2012 in London lost in the first round.