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Djokovic, 36, to play third straight day in ‘one-day, two-night’ clash…can he overcome fitness burden?

Tennis is notoriously intense. You have to constantly rotate your back to hit the ball. It’s physically demanding.

Can men’s tennis world No. 2 Novak Djokovic, 36, of Serbia, who is seeking his fifth consecutive Wimbledon men’s singles title, overcome the adverse conditions of playing three consecutive days of tennis to reach the quarterfinals?

Novak Djokovic (26-Poland – 18th) defeated Hubert Hirschi (26-Poland – 18th) in a hard-fought three-setter (7-6<8-6> 7-6<8-6> 5-7 6-4) to reach the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon men’s singles tournament in London, England on Tuesday (local time). At first glance, the scoreline seems unremarkable. The problem is that this match was played over “one night and two days”.

What happened.

The round of 16 match between Djokovic and Cilic was originally played on the 9th. It was assigned as the third match of the day on Center Court. However, the previous two men’s and women’s singles round of 16 matches were full-set battles, each lasting over three hours. Naturally, the start of Djokovic-Hurcak was delayed, with the pair finally taking to the court at 8:30pm.

Djokovic took the momentum, winning two sets in a row in tiebreaks, but by the time the clock struck 11pm, the match had to be called off. This was due to a curfew that is unique to Wimbledon among tennis’ four major tournaments (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open). Wimbledon has a rule that no matches are played after 11pm. To minimize disruption to local residents, Wimbledon doesn’t play after 11pm, forcing everyone to “go home”.

Djokovic and Murray were no exception, as they were forced to pack up and leave the court. They returned 10 days later to finish the match, which Djokovic ultimately won.

At 36, Djokovic, the oldest of the quarterfinalists, would have to play the very next day, on the 11th. While it’s common in tennis for players to play every other day to recover, Djokovic will have to play three days in a row due to the tournament’s time limitations. This could add to the physical strain.

메이저사이트 “I understand the curfew at Wimbledon because of the inconvenience to the locals,” Djokovic said after his match with Hurcak, “but I think they could move it up to at least start at noon, and I think that would make a difference.” “If they start at 8 p.m., I don’t think I’m going to be able to finish my match that day,” he said.

Currently, the first match on Center Court starts at 1:30pm. This is why, at the beginning of the tournament when there are many matches, players who are assigned the last match of the day on Center Court are often the first to fall victim to the curfew. Djokovic believes that moving it to 12pm would make the later matches somewhat less likely to fall under the time limit.

But organizers don’t seem to be budging just yet.

Sally Bolton, president of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), which organizes Wimbledon, said, “We can’t guarantee an earlier start time for the first match on center court.”

Djokovic will face Russia’s Andrei Rublev (ranked 26-7) in the quarterfinals on Nov. 11. Djokovic leads the all-time series 3-1.

Meanwhile, at other majors, players have played into the early hours of the morning because there is no curfew. At the Australian Open in January, Andy Murray (36th-British-40th) and Australia’s Tsongas Kokkinakis (27th-90th) swung their rackets until 4 a.m. in the second round of the men’s singles. The match, which started at around 10:20 p.m., was dubbed the “Midnight Madness” after the two players battled for nearly six hours. Some spectators were caught dozing off in the stands. The victorious Murray said after the match, “I don’t know who it was for. It’s not good for anybody, not the players, not the fans, not the referees,” he said after the match, adding, “I appreciate the people who stayed, but we all need to get some sleep.” He also expressed his frustration with the length of the match.

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