There's a ton of indoor action going on this week, but I just wanted to give a quick acknowledgement to Tomas Berdych on taking the Japan Open by beating Juan Martin del Potro in the finals.
Berdych has had a strong couple of weeks, and by winning Tokyo, he's accomplished what has become a pretty rare feat on the tour: He's now won titles on all four surfaces (clay, hard, carpet and grass). I'm gonna look at the ATP rankings and then tap into my super-tennis-dork memory to list the active players who have accomplished that. I know off the bat Roger Federer and Andy Roddick have done it. Let's see who else:
Wow! That's it! (And I promise, I just looked at the names and didn't open the player profiles. And I only did the top 200 because that's pretty much where the tournament winners preside. If I've missed anyone let me know: And I'm not counting Nadal—Madrid was an indoor hard court.)
Anyway, that's a pretty lofty accomplishment. You'd think someone who's done that and is only 23 would be a consistent top tenner, but such has not been the case. I know he's had issues both physically and mentally that have held him back (which I guess are the only issues you can have!), but here's hoping this is a jump-start to his results matching his talent. Maybe he can make the Tennis Talk, Anyone? top 10 list!
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.