“Novak just wants to buy time and change the pace of the match,” Mischa Zverev said after Djokovic started a debate with referee Fergus Murphy.
The defending champion complained to the Irishman that he would not have time to get a towel if the shot clock was run too early.
The shot clock speeds up the game, and players are forced to serve within 25 seconds.
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“It’s been the case for years that the shot clock is pressed when the crowd is quiet. You don’t have to get a towel, that’s your job,” says Zverev.
It is very typical in sentences where Djokovic stands that “A thousand things happen that have nothing to do with tennis. You somehow fail to extend the lead.”
Alcaraz put the tiebreaker away and managed to break the longest game in the final, which lasted 28 minutes, to make it 4-1.
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