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Berdych Bemoans Hawk-Eye Not Effective At Late Dusk






Embittered former finalist Tomas Berdych is partly blaming the lack of the Hawk-eye line calling system for a 7-6(5), 6-4, 7-6(6) loss in the third round to Marin Cilic. The match on court 3 ended at 9:38 at night, latest on an outside court at the event.

But Berdych said that he felt cheated as the electronic system does not work in extreme low-light conditions typical of those in which the contest ended.

Instead of pushing on, the Czech sixth seed said the contest should have been halted.  "If I start the match on a court where we don't have Hawk-Eye, it's how it is since the beginning. But if somebody tells me that some machine doesn't work just because of the light, and that we don't have enough, so why we have to play?" he said.

"Everybody is saying that the machine is always correct, it's always the best way and we cannot argue with that.

"We can try to tell to the football guys that after 90 minutes they don't have the video of the goal line technology because it (lasts just for) 90 minutes."

Berdych was fuming over a series of what he believed were botched line calls which could not be checked by Hawk-eye due to the lack of light.

Andy Murray agreed with his colleague and rival. "From a player's perspective, when the light starts to go, it's tough to play good tennis, to play properly," said the third-seeded holder who reached the second week over Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.

"I don't think you want matches to be decided on someone shanking a ball because they can't see it. You want players to be able to play their best tennis for as long as possible. If it was too dark to see, then they should have stopped."



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