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Australian Open: The benefits of Tomas Berdych's win

Tomas Berdych blew Rafael Nadal off the court at the Australian Open - a result that had wide-ranging repercussions.

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The repercussions of Tomas Berdych's blitz of Rafael Nadal are many, but none better than for the Czech himself.

So what for Tomas Berdych?

Berdych beat Nadal for the first time in over eight years.

In that time he copped 17 beatings - one of those he retired injured mid-match - and pulled out before the match on another occasion.

Basically when Berdych was drawn in Nadal's quarter, it spelled disaster for the flat-batting Czech - but he has overcome that mental barrier in devastating fashion.

Berdych has belonged in the top 10 since July 2010 - the month of his Wimbledon final appearance - but has spent much of his tennis life in the shadows of the 'Big Four'.

Tuesday's win was not the climax of his run - that is to come. Berdych's controlled celebration spoke volumes about his plans.

There are bigger things on offer for Berdych - because as long as his major drought continues, so will the assessments of his ability failing to turn into greater things.

It is time to strike while the iron is hot.

So what for Rafael Nadal?

The third seed barely gave a whimper in the first two sets, appeared injured as he won just 10 points in the second, before launching a comeback that fell shy of forcing a fourth set.

Nadal said he was happy with his progress given his lack of tennis in recent months - the Australian Open was just his fifth official tournament since Wimbledon - due to treatment on his ailing back.

So what for Bernard Tomic?

Perspective is a wonderful thing in tennis.

Days after being dumped out of his home tournament by Berdych, questions were being asked of the perennial whipping boy of Australian tennis.

But, of course, he was beaten by a player who then took Nadal to the cleaners. That formline reads a little nicer now.

Imagine if Tomic had beaten Berdych, and Nadal had given him the 6-2 6-0 treatment?

So what for Novak Djokovic?

Well, if it was not already assured, Djokovic can go collect his fifth Norman Brookes Trophy.

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