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The Roland Garros finalist couldn't stand it after training since Christmas. “I felt weak” Tennis

Tomasz Berkieta defeated Lorenzo Carboni in the junior final of Roland Garros after an upset that lasted two hours and 47 minutes. The Pole, born in July 2006, defeated Italy (also born in 2006) 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 (10-4 in the super tiebreak). Shortly after the match, just after leaving the sixth inning, Berkieta spoke to a group of Polish journalists covering the tournament. We present the transcript of the interview.

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Congratulations, you saved three games.

– Maybe, I don't remember, ha ha! I'm having a hard time collecting my thoughts at the moment. I'm glad I got out of that field and came out as a winner.

The Italian had to concede to you in the decisive tiebreak with a 7:4 lead.

– At first I also thought it was over [klasyczne tie-breaki gra się do siedmiu] then I want to end this game. But I am glad that I was able to implement my ideas, that I ended the game and won.

You fight a lot in your head, especially since you are constantly breaking and losing your serve.

– It was difficult, especially because I wasn't used to it. Sometimes I let the serve go once, but it didn't happen again. Today it can be attributed to tiredness and mental exhaustion. Today I went to court very depressed. We need to sit down and discuss this with the coach.

This is the greatest achievement of your career. But maybe you haven't thought about it yet?

– The competition is not over yet. You must keep playing.

He often likes fast pitches – grass, concrete.

– Really overcome your weaknesses. I had a bad start to the clay court season. I'm glad that I somehow managed to control my feelings and emotions regarding food. And do my best.

They had a great opponent – ​​Carboni was crazy on defense.

– Yes, no wonder, he is Italian. And his physical condition does not allow him to play aggressively. But to his credit, he was also dangerous in attack. I did not feel safe on the court for a moment. It was very difficult to finish the match, especially with the old balls in the previous matches. I am very happy to get new balls at 5-6 and during the super tie-break, because I do not know what would have happened if we had continued playing with the old ones.

At some point you decided that you were going to lose this game.

– How can that be? For a long time he won everything because of my mistakes. He won the second set because I made a lot of mistakes. Stupid ones. At important moments. I put myself in danger because I wanted to end it somehow. I realized that I had to attack quickly because I physically couldn't fight it. But maybe some balls should have been kept on the court longer. But this is a Grand Slam, a semi-final, and emotions got the better of her.

How well did you get to know your final boss? [to Amerykanin Kaylan Bigun, rozstawiony w turnieju z numerem 5 – Berkieta nie był rozstawiony]?

– We played against each other at Wimbledon and twice, but we have known each other for a long time, since we were ten years old. I just don't know how he plays now because I haven't seen him for a year, maybe half a year.

This will be crucial now, before the last game on Saturday [odbędzie się około godziny 13]?

– Definitely updated. I need to forget it's the last game and walk on the field like it's my first game.

He describes the beginning of the clay court era as unfortunate, partly because he was injured. Can you tell me which injury?

-Both ankles are broken. It's not good, every now and then I have pain and in the back of my mind I feel how it was three months ago. It's not pleasant to walk on and slide. But what do I have to lose? If I rub my ankle, it will be tiring.

The most important person in your team is now Maciej Ryszczuk [trener przygotowania fizycznego, którego kibice świetnie znają z pracy z Igą Świątek]?

– Absolutely! We've done a good job over the last three months, you can see it on the pitch, I feel very confident. Working with him was a good idea and I hope it continues to bring results.

How did you sprain your ankle?

– It was at a competition in Egypt. I played three tournaments there in a row – two very successfully, and in the third, in the first round, I sprained my ankles when I slipped off the court after the first set.

You don't have Daria Abramowicz in your team, but after his injury he lost six games in a row and we can see that he has recovered very well mentally.

– There were six defeats, but that's how it is in tennis, everyone has their weaknesses. And that's it.

But was there a low level?

– Not quite. I expected a season on grass and hardwood. To be honest, it's not that I didn't go on this diet, but I didn't expect results from it. I went to the opponents to use the wild cards and get information. The plan was to play one game at a time and gain experience, at worst.

Tell us about your experience during the two or three months of cooperation with Piotr Sierzputowski.

– It definitely gave me the strength to adapt. I played the whole tournament. I'm not saying I'm weak, but I don't feel confident and we're working on overcoming my bad feelings and insecurities in this game and getting out of it on my own instead of listening to the coach's advice. I'm learning to make decisions about what I play and what I can score.

That's why he doesn't talk much, right? He's constantly commenting on your performance, he complains, he gets angry and – as I saw in the semi-final – he only speaks when he feels he has to give you advice. And he did that briefly, for example with the slogan “Footwork”.

– That's his experience. If he had said something today, I probably would have said something back and that would have been the end. Because I was so angry that I couldn't control what I said and did. That's his experience – he knows when to say something, when to accept something and when not to say anything and just take another look when it gets worse, then he gives me advice. This time I was able to get myself out of the jam, I forgot that I had a chance, that my opponent had a chance and focused on what I can do better to play better.

And who was the gentleman who sat next to Sierzputowski and supported him by saying, “You are playing well,” even when you yourself were not playing well?

– This is Bartek Witke, Janek Zieliński's boss. He is the one who will put everything back in order. I owe him a lot when it comes to such things that concern the courtroom. He is so helpful! I am glad that it is here and will still be here tomorrow.

A few days ago, Iga Świątek spoke about the joint training – he also benefited from it because he is strong. What did these training sessions look like in your opinion?

– I shot the basket, so I don't have the best memory! Ha ha! I was a little dizzy at the end. But it was good motivation! Especially because I'm not very good at endurance. I'm not perfect yet! It was good that Iga was ahead of me, I chased after him and that forced me to try even harder. I finished when I finished, but the training was very successful and very rewarding.

Was Iga’s speed still too high for you?

– No, we did intervals, interval tests. Everyone ran as fast as they could. First I was fast, then Iga was fast. And that's why I finally wanted to increase my endurance even further.

Iga messed up his assist. I guess you won't make it to the final?

– I was rooting for him too, of course. But we're actually playing on the same day and I probably won't be able to go to his game after my game. Anyway, I'm glad you found me!