Few players admittedly want to play longer matches, Roger Federer happens to be one them. After a tough loss to Novak Djokovic Sunday in the Indian Wells final, Federer who twice won the title back when in was a 5-set final (2005, 2006), longs for the days when the ATP had best-of-five set matches.
“I just think we need to get some maybe more best‑of‑five‑set matches back into the ATP events,” Federer said. “Definitely think we should have it at the World Tour Finals. Maybe at the Masters 1000. I don’t know if 500 or 250s can have it again.
“I played best of five sometimes at 250s and 500s, and some matches I guess are more memorable. I understand we went the other way, so more players can play more tournaments and more fans can see those best players because a five‑setter clearly at the wrong time can either injure you or make you extremely tired or just you run the risk of being burnt out.
“So that’s why you have to do it at the right times and be fair which tournament gets it and which one doesn’t. So maybe that’s going to be a negotiation, a debate. I don’t know what it’s going to be. So I think it will be nice to have a few more best‑of‑five‑set matches on the tour.”
Currently, outside of the Grand Slams, Olympics and Davis Cup, there are no 5-set matches on the ATP circuit. The World Tour Finals, Federer spoke of, was predominantly a 5-set final until 2008.
Federer has a career 22-17 record in 5-set matches.
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