US Open champion Andy Murray weighed in on the time rule debate. After a three set win yesterday over Evgeny Donskoy, here’s what the Scot had to say about the ATP’s new enforcement of their 25-second policy:
“I think 25 seconds, it’s almost long enough, but it’s just because that never really had been enforced before,” Murray said. “The guys were very surprised when it happened. You know, when you’re out bouncing the ball‑‑ I got my time violation in Brisbane when I was bouncing the ball for my serve, and beforehand it was used to be that once you started your motion the bouncing was part of that. Now it’s obviously not. It’s a new change for everyone to get used to. But I think in the long term it will be good, but just with a little bit more tinkering.”
But like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, he agreed there needs to be some allowance after long points.
“Once you get to 4‑All in a set or something it’s natural to try to take more time,” Murray said. “And sometimes after a longer point, as well, it’s natural to try and get a few extra seconds to recover. My feeling was that the time ‑‑because the points are way longer than they used to be now and it’s more physical. Actually sometimes it can I think be impossible to recover from a 60‑shot rally in 20 seconds.”
There has been talk on this blog and elsewhere of an on-court shot clock like they have in basketball, and Murray isn’t opposed. “I wouldn’t mind if there was a clock on the court, no. But obviously‑‑ as long as it doesn’t make the noises.”
Since reaching the final in 2009, Murray has had his struggles at Indian Wells losing three straight matches until his win yesterday. And he admits he really doesn’t know the reason for his poor performance in the California desert.
“I don’t know why I didn’t play well last year,” he said. “This year, yeah, I started slow and I was probably nervous, because even though I had been practicing well, you know, having it in the back of your head that you played poorly the last couple of years and struggled, that’s always going to be a thought. So I don’t know. Normally when I first played here I liked the conditions here. For the three, four years after that I always had decent results. I don’t know exactly why.”
Murray meets Yen-Hsun Lu on Tuesday.
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