Tomas Berdych, Twitter superstar
LONDON -- Tomas Berdych defeated Thiemo de Bakker 6-1, 6-4 in the second round of the Aegon Championships on Wednesday. The match, Berdych's first on grass since back-to-back losses in the opening round of Wimbledon and the Summer Olympics last year, included a 40-minute rain delay.
"I think it's a preparation for Wimbledon with [the rain delays]," Berdych said. "Especially these tough moments, it's also good to know how to handle that, and I did it quite well. So I'm happy for it."
The normally steely Berdych broke into a wide smile when asked about joining Twitter last week. "It's pretty cool, pretty fun," he said. In just six days, Berdych has sent a whopping 200 tweets, including many responses to fans.
By comparison, Roger Federer joined Twitter almost three weeks ago and he's sent 21 tweets. Maria Sharapova signed up in January and she's fired off only 234. Jamie Hampton opened an account a few days before Berdych and she has tweeted six times, one of which was a retweet of this:
Berdych, who surpassed 10,000 followers Wednesday, has been surprised by how quickly his count has grown.
"Because when I was doing the Facebook page, there it took really long," Berdych said. He began his official Facebook page in October 2010 and now has 35,000 "likes." Berdych added: "So I try to do [Twitter] a bit differently from the beginning, and it works so it goes fast. I think that Twitter is more popular and more people are using that."
Can he keep up his off-the-charts rate of tweets?
"That's kind of [my] inexperience with the Twitter, that I start with a high level. I know it's going to be tough to keep it up, but you never know," he said with a smile. "You never know."
Here are some of Berdych's best tweets from the last week, which include a plethora of bird puns; fending off people who think he broke ex-girlfriend Lucie Safarova's heart; and, in my personal favorite, quoting Edgar Allan Poe. Follow him at @tomasberdych.