After hitting one of his best service returns to win a match in a fourth round against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Novak Djokovic addressed the issue of Wimbledon scheduling, an issue that has come up due to the rain leaving some players like Stan Wawrinka at a disadvantage of having to play on consecutive days. The Swiss is faced with three straight days of 5-set matches.
Djokovic says such issues could be better avoided if the tournament would break from tradition and schedule play on the middle Sunday.
“I understand why Wawrinka was complaining,” Djokovic said Monday. “We have this tradition here of the middle Sunday not being played any match. This tradition was broken a couple of times, and I remember a few years ago it was the case when they actually had to play a few matches.
“So I think we have to rethink about this Sunday in between, because the day was beautiful. It was no rain, and the whole day there was no match played. No other Grand Slam has this particular rule.
“We all know that tradition is something that is nurtured here in All England Club, and we respect that. But there are some rules that I believe should be updated, changed for the better of the schedule and for the better of the players.”
Djokovic and Andy Murray have both been on schedule and will resume tomorrow in the quarterfinals. Djokovic meets Croatian Marin Cilic in his match on Wednesday. While Djokovic has Boris Becker in his box, Cilic is now coached by 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic.
“I am aware of the fact that since he started working with Goran that he has improved,” Djokovic said. “Especially in his service department, where for his height I thought that he didn’t use his full potential up to now work with Goran, where it’s evident that it works well for him.
“Especially on the grass it serves as a great weapon. He won here in straight sets against Chardy and Berdych and some very good players. So it says enough about his quality play in this tournament.”
The Serb also dismissed any issues with his left shoulder he hurt in a fall Friday revealing it was still sore but not an issue.
“It’s still a bit sore because of the fall that I had a few days ago,” he said. “But there is no damage, which is important. So it’s normal to have a bit of soreness in the muscle and around the joint. But thankfully I have a flexible shoulder, and it helps in these particular situations.”
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