Tomas Berdych announces retirement from tennis

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London: Former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych on Saturday announced his retirement from tennis after a 17-year professional career.

The Czech, who won 13 ATP singles titles in a 17-year-long career, was a fixture in the world’s top 10 between 2010 and 2016.

The 34-year-old, Berdych confirmed the decision at the ATP Finals, saying his body no longer allows him to compete at the highest level after struggling with a back injury for the last 18 months.

Berdych’s most notable achievement was reaching the final of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, causing consecutive upsets by defeating top seed and six-time champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, and No. 3 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. In the final, he lost to Rafael Nadal in straight sets.

Berdych’s biggest career win to date was the Paris Masters in 2005 as an unseeded player, defeating Ivan Ljubicic in the final. He also played the longest ATP doubles match ever, with Lukas Rosol, defeating Marco Chiudinelli and Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round of the 2013 Davis Cup 6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–7, 24–22. The match was played on February 2, 2013, lasting 7 hours, 2 minutes. It was the second-longest ATP match ever (singles and doubles combined).

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