Tomas Berdych got knocked out of Wimbledon by Marin Cilic in straight sets and then the former finalist took a few shots at the tournament. The match finished so late at 9:38pm local time, the latest finish ever to an outdoor match at Wimbledon, that the poor light prevented the use the of Hawk-Eye technology. And Berdych noticed.
“If I start the match on court where we don’t have Hawk-Eye, it’s how it is since the beginning,” Berdych said. “But if somebody told me that some machine doesn’t work just because of the light, that we don’t have enough, so why we have to play? I mean, when everybody is saying that the machine is always correct, it’s always the best way and we cannot argue to that, which sometimes the calls are, you know, so, then why we have to play more?”
“If once we have something which should be working and then they gonna just tell you, ‘No, it doesn’t work because it’s too dark’, I mean, we can try to tell to the football guys that after 90 minutes they don’t anymore have the video of the goal line because it’s just 90 minutes”
Berdych didn’t fully blame the lighting on the loss. Following the 76, 64, 76 loss he did give credit Cilic who is coached by former champion Goran Ivanisevic.
“Marin played really well,” Berdych said. “I mean, I had some tactics, some strategy what’s to bring to the game. I kind of know what to expect from him. He’s done it really well, and that’s it.”
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