In the doubles semi-finals, it came down to a ten point tiebreaker with Kubot and Lindstredt serving down match point at 5-9 vs. Dodig and Melo. Their first serve return was crushed down the line for a winner and seeming match point as they started to celebrate their return to the finals.
“But, my serve was out.”
But Kubot/Lindstredt challenged, claiming THEIR serve was long. The review proved them right… they served a second serve … and SAVED match point! They went on to lose the next point and the match; but that was an interesting challenge.
So even though us hackers don’t have the official replay system, if you don’t play a ball because you think your own serve was long, you may still “question” the call to be sure.
The ruling? Even though an incorrect line call on your opponents part normally results in it being your point, I would think (but don’t know) that the best you would expect on a reversal would be “Second serve.” Yes?
The Fed Unhappy
You don’t often see Roger Federer complain loudly to the umpire; but he did in his marathon match with countryman Stan W in the singles semis. After not losing his serve all week, Roger lost it twice in the first set; but came back to win the second set.
The first point of the third set, Roger serves and volleys… Stan’s return clips the tape and goes wide. Roger then loses the next two points and the umpire calls the score “love-40.” The Fed questions him only to learn that the referee had overruled that first point (very quietly) and Roger had not heard him … otherwise he would have challenged and been vindicated, because the ball was out. He complained; but to no avail and lost that critical first game.
The Umpire Again Intercedes
Later in the third, Roger breaks back and is serving at 5-5. He hits a first serve on the line, which is called Out. He looks to the umpire, who indicates it was “clearly long and he should not challenge.” WRONG… the serve was in and he should have challenged.
All in all, I believe the challenge system has DRAMATICALLY improved the flow of the game; but there is some tinkering that could make it even better. For example, the players should have a short period of time (10 seconds?) to challenge + they should be allowed to look at their box for guidance.
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