Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic returns the ball to Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP Photo) ITALY OUT
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May 16, 2016

PRAGUE (AP) Tomas Berdych says he has fired his coach Dani Vallverdu after a 17-month partnership.

Berdych's announcement comes days after a 6-0, 6-0 loss to David Goffin in the third round of the Italian Open.

In Monday's statement, the eighth-ranked Berdych says the move is a reaction to his unimpressive recent form. He is 19-10 in 2016.

Berdych says ''I am not a player at the beginning of my career, so I had to act quickly when I felt like making a change.''

The 30-year-old Berdych led the Czechs to two Davis Cup titles but has never won a Grand Slam tournament. He was a runner-up at Wimbledon in 2010 and reached his highest ranking at No. 4 a year ago.

Berdych has yet to decide on Vallverdu's replacement.

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