Tomas Berdych is refusing to look too far ahead as he prepares for a Wimbledon quarterfinal against Lucas Pouille. Berdych completed a five-set win over fellow Czech Jiri Vesely on Tuesday, booking a meeting with the Frenchman in the last eight.
Pouille has surprised, reaching the quarters of a major for the first time thanks to wins over the likes of Juan Martin del Potro and Bernard Tomic.
Despite being favourite to advance, Berdych is unwilling to even consider the possibility of a semifinal blockbuster against Andy Murray. "I'm not the one who really likes talking about the prospects and the future matches. My next opponent is Lucas Pouille," he said.
"I just really have to focus on that to try to do my job, win the game, then we can talk about what might be coming up."
Berdych and Pouille are meeting for the first time, but the former revealed they hit together in the lead up to the year's third grand slam.
But 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Berdych said there were still things for him to learn about his last-eight opponent.
"Well, I practiced with him one day before the tournament started. At least that's the only time we spent on the court together," he said.
"Of course, I mean, there are plenty of things to see about his game. That's what I'm going to do and prepare with my team.
"With the recovery, you know, I think it was actually a good day to play a set. It's like a day of practice. It's a little bit over.
"You know, I'm quite used to it actually. I'm doing it day by day, so that's fine. I hope that we're going to get a good time tomorrow. Hopefully everything goes well. I can make the match done and finally have a day off."