Federer and Djokovic knew there was a finish line in Wimbledon final - CEO

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Federer and Djokovic knew there was a finish line in Wimbledon final - CEO

In an interview to The New York Times, the Wimbledon CEO Richard Lewis commented on the criticism around the tournament about the tie-break on 12-all in the fifth set which was played by Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the final.

"I must admit I was standing there at 6-all by the side of the court, and I thought there are loads left in this match, and I’m really glad we’re not doing it now. I think 12-all takes time to get used to, but I felt the standard of tennis was unbelievably good, and one of the factors was I think Roger and Novak didn’t have to worry about pacing themselves.

They knew there was a finish line," said Lewis in an interview to the New York Times. On the Wimbledon tennis venue expanding from 42 to 120 acres as the area of the golf club will soon be bought, Lewis added: "It’s just so much opportunity and wonderful to be able to talk about, ‘Will we have too much space?’" I will take a fortnight where we have no rain any year,” Lewis said with a chuckle.

“But I have no illusions. The roof will come in very handy." Carlos Alcaraz trained with Federer last week in Wimbledon. The Spanish player commented on how it felt to hit with the Swiss who went on to lose the final to Novak Djokovic in five sets.

"It has a big impact," said Alcaraz. "Having seen many matches of his on TV and now sharing the court is unbelievable. I started nervously, but we were able to have good training. My team keeps telling me to be humble and work a lot day by day, without thinking if I am the future of tennis or not.

Juan Carlos helps me a lot to go through the circumstances. On grass he said me to enjoy myself and I am managing to be very aggressive. I am enjoying it, I love playing on grass and I have to take this big opportunity."