Novak Djokovic Speaks Out Against 5th Sets, Blasts Wimbledon Court Conditions

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during the Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Adrian Mannarino of France on day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Novak Djokovic has dismissed the merits of extending fifth-set deciders at Grand Slam events and was critical of the surface at Wimbledon after his win over Adrian Mannarino.

The second seed at SW19 wrapped up a 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win Tuesday to book his place in the quarter-finals. However, he was initially scheduled to play on Monday, before Gilles Muller's epic win over Rafael Nadal meant time ran out.

Asked about Muller's shock 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 win over Nadal, Djokovic admitted he didn't enjoy the drama, per Christopher Clarey of the New York Times:

The Serbian, a three-time Wimbledon champion, then went on to complain about the condition the courts are in this year:

Speaking about his rescheduled match, Djokovic said "I just didn't see any logic in not playing us on Centre Court," per Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times.

The organisers opted to take a more proactive approach on Tuesday.  

Per Stuart Fraser of the Times, with rain tipping down on the outside courts, the match between Coco Vandeweghe and Magdalena Rybarikova was rescheduled for Centre Court at the conclusion of the tie between Simona Halep and Jo Konta.

The marathon match Djokovic was referring to came in 2010, when John Isner beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the final set in the opening round. It took 11 hours and five minutes for the contest to reach a conclusion.

Muller and Nadal played out an epic match on Monday.
Muller and Nadal played out an epic match on Monday.David Ramos/Getty Images

Nadal's loss to Muller didn't quite measure up to those epic proportions, although it skewed the Wimbledon scheduling.

As Fraser noted, Djokovic became aware pretty quickly that his match wasn't going to be on Monday:

It means that Djokovic does find himself at something of a disadvantage ahead of his quarter-final showdown against Tomas Berdych. While the other seven men in the last eight of the competition had Tuesday off, the 12-time Grand Slam winner was in action.

However, for a player of such quality and durability, it would be no surprise to see him looking sharp when he takes to the court again on Wednesday.

Wimbledon is the only one of the four Grand Slam events that does not utilise a tie-break in the deciding set, with the players needing to win by two clear games in the fifth.

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