Tennis - Roger Federer may be 32 years old. But that hasn't stopped him from expressing his opinion that the men should play best-of-five set matches at more events outside the grand slams. Speaking to reporters after losing to Novak Djokovic in the Miami finals, Federer commented, "Look, that is a different match.
We were all there knowing three sets, but if you know it's going to be five sets you have a different mindset. Maybe it's a different pace overall to the match. It's different preparation and all that. I just think we need to get some maybe more best of five set matches back into the ATP events.
Definitely think we should have it at the World Tour Finals. Maybe at the Masters 1000. I don't know if 500 or 250s can have it again. I played best of five sometimes at 250s and 500s, and some matches I guess are more memorable.
I understand we went the other way, so more players can play more tournaments and more fans can see those best players because a five setter clearly at the wrong time can either injure you or make you extremely tired or just you run the risk of being burnt out.
So that's why you have to do it at the right times and be fair which tournament gets it and which one doesn't. So maybe that's going to be a negotiation, a debate. I don't know what it's going to be. So I think it will be nice to have a few more best of five set matches on the tour."