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
"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."