MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Tomas Berdych popped the question at the beach. And his now-fiancee, Czech model Ester Satorova, has tweeted a picture of the ring.
The couple announced their engagement at the Australian Open, where the 29-year-old Berdych advanced to the third round Wednesday and said he had proposed during a holiday late last year.
"It was simple," said the No. 7-ranked Berdych, when asked for details about the proposal. "It was after dinner on the beach."
His fiancee offered a bit more color.
"Our secret from last year holiday is OUT," she tweeted, with the hashtags "Maldives" and "engagement ring." She attached a picture of her hand inside a heart etched in white sand, a large diamond on her ring finger.
The ATP said in a statement announcing the engagement that the couple started dating in late 2012.
Berdych, a 2010 Wimbledon finalist, said he feels a good balance between his personal life and tennis career.
"I can talk with my partner about basically everything.... I can just completely switch off from the tennis," he said. "Then once you step back on the tennis side, then you are absolutely focused (on) whatever you do... so for me, I think it's a great combination."
By Jocelyn Gecker -- http://twitter.com/jgecker
LOCAL VILLAIN: Australian fans have good reason to cheer against Andy Murray -- he has a perfect 10-0 record against Aussie players.
His latest victory was Wednesday in the second round at the Australian Open, beating Marinko Matosevic of Australia 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.
Australian fans can often be rowdy -- Matosevic's first-round opponent, Alexander Kudryavtsev, went so far as to call them "animals" -- but Murray didn't think the crowd was overly partisan in his match.
"It was a fun atmosphere to play today. Even if not everyone was supporting me," he said, laughing.
As for his unblemished record against Aussies, the three-time Australian Open finalist was at a loss to explain it.
"I love Aussies. I get on well with a lot of the players from Australia," the Scottish star said.
"Sometimes it's just luck. I'm sure in the next few years, with the players the Aussies have coming through ... I won't be able to hold onto that record much longer."
By Justin Bergman -- https://twitter.com/justinb3rg