Roger Federer has appeared in the Gran Slame not panic in reducing matches to the best of three sets after the injured players were accused of accepting the money and runs Tuesday.
Federer reached the second round of Wimbledon when Alexandr Dolgopolov left his team after winning 6-3, 3-0 after only 43 minutes before the center court because of an ankle injury.
Earlier, rival Novak Djokovic booked his second round in just 40 minutes when Martin Klizan, suffering from a calf injury, retired at 6-3, 2-0.
This meant that the central track crowd saw only 83 minutes of action involving two men who won 10 Wimbledon titles between them. “I’m sorry for the crowd,” Federer said. “They’re here to see good tennis.”
Seven men have retired from the first round – Monday, Victor Troicki retired after only 20 minutes. This brief stay was beaten on Tuesday when compatriot Janko Tipsaervic left his game after 15 minutes.
The first round losers all receive £ 35,000 ($ 45,220). There is a rule in the main ATP Tour, but not in the Slams, an injured player can give up his seat to a “lucky loser” of the qualification, holding the prize money.
The idea behind the move is to preserve the integrity of the tournament and prevent amateurs from feeling defrauded. But Federer does not want to see Slams choose the best three-set format instead of the traditional best-of-five.
“The abandonment of his place”
Federer bid for an eighth Wimbledon title. “I hope this will not happen, but I think more players would finish their matches with clarity,” he said.
“A player should not go to court if he knows that he should not end up.” The question is, is what they really thought they would end up with.If they did, I think it is normal for them to walk in the field.If not, I think you should give up the place.
“The ATP has adjusted its rule. Maybe it should hit them should take a look at what they could do for the players to make it a bit easier.”
Federer believes that players who insist they compete in the first round despite the obvious physical problems do not have to be condemned. “For some, they want to be there because they have the impression that miracles happen: perhaps the other retreats, or perhaps the other carries a wound.
“If I win, I have a day off, maybe I would feel better on Thursday.” All these things also play in the equation.Remember these things too.Maybe the rain, come back the next day.You never know what the player ” .
Djokovic said he supported the ATP rule using the Slams, but also refused to criticize opponents who are unsuccessful. “If you go on the central court, there is a responsibility. I am sure they have done everything possible, but it is what it is,” said the Serbian.
John Isner, United States, said players wanted fans to stay and fight on the pitch as long as possible. “If it’s an unbearable pain, it’s okay, you can not play,” said Isner, who was an 11-hour game for three days to beat Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon seven years ago.
“If something is tight here or there and feels like it could be done right without getting hurt, I think they should be there, and I think we owe it to the fans.