Tomas Berdych feels "much better" than last year

Tomas Berdych celebrates hits a return at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 16, 2013
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Three-time Australian Open quarter-finalist Tomas Berdych says that he feels well prepared to progress further in this year's Melbourne Grand Slam.

Australian Open quarter-finalist Tomas Berdych has claimed that he is currently in much better shape than he was 12 months ago.

The fifth seed, who lost to Rafael Nadal in the last eight of the Melbourne Grand Slam in 2012, has won all four of his matches in straight sets so far at this year's event.

"I feel much better," said Berdych. "The last year was a pretty big year for me. There were many new experiences that I learned. I hope that I'm going to be able to profit from that.

"On the other hand, I spent much more time on court last year. I'm going to need every single piece of energy for the next match.

"I feel pretty good. I have won every single match by three sets and everything has been fine. I feel physically well. I actually now hope that a big match is waiting for me."

Berdych will face the winner of the match between Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka, which is currently in play on the Rod Laver Arena.

You can follow that match here with Sports Mole's live text coverage.

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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060