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Berdych inspired to go one better than legendary countryman Lendl

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London, Jul 4 (ANI): Czech star Tomas Berdych is inspired to do better than legendary countryman Ivan Lendl in the Wimbledon final.

Berdych, 24, is the rank outsider for his clash with World No.1 Rafa Nadal, despite reaching the French Open semifinals a month ago.

After beating Roger Federer in the last eight, Berdych is planning to pull off the biggest men's final upset since Michael Stich beat Boris Becker in 1991.

Lendl, who twice reached the Wimbledon finals in the 1980s, has contacted him, News of the World quoted him,as saying.

Lendl won all the other Grand Slam titles but never tasted Wimbledon glory - despite reaching five semis in addition to two final defeats.

Berdych said: "What Ivan did was great. He had so many great results. I'm really only at the beginning of what he achieved but you never know what's going to happen next."

"I'm still pretty young and now I have achieved the same as he did by reaching the final of Wimbledon. Unfortunately he never won the title here but I will get the chance tomorrow and we will see," he said.

"I've been spoken to by Ivan through other people, who have passed on his best wishes. I'm getting so many calls and texts with congratulations just from friends.

"It's really nice to have that support and know that so many people in the Czech Republic are following it," Berdych added.

If Berdych wins, he would be the first Czech winner at Wimbledon since Jan Kodes in 1973. (ANI)

Story first published: Sunday, July 4, 2010, 11:53 [IST]
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