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Frances Tiafoe Blasts ‘F**king Horrible’ Electronic Line Calling At Australian Open

The newest technological development at Melbourne Park has not gone down too well with the American.

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Frances Tiafoe has let rip at a new system that has been implemented at the Australian Open following his loss to Novak Djokovic.

 

The world No.64 vented his bemusement with the electronic line system which has been implemented on all courts at Melbourne Park in a Grand Slam first. Ran by Hawk-Eye live, the technology replaces lines judged by using an automatic calling system on shots in the match. In recent months the software has gained popularity in the sport due to the COVID-19 pandemic as organisers seek to minimise the number of people on court. The system was also used at the US Open last year but lines judges did work on the premier courts.

Players such as Djokovic and Dominic Thiem have previously spoken in favour of electronic line calling but 23-year-old Tiafoe has told reporters that he ‘can’t stand’ it. Pointing out that he believes some mistakes occurred during his second round match and he even joked with Djokovic about it at one stage.

“It was fucking horrible. I hate it. I cannot stand it,” Tiafoe ranted during his press conference.
“It’s gonna take a while to get used to, I guess, if they keep carrying on with it. But, I mean, I’m not a fan.”

Supporters of the technology argue that there is only a small margin for error and it eliminates arguments between players and officials. Hawk-Eye has an estimated 3.6 mm margin of error, which is less than the minimum requirement of five mm put in place by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). According to the managing director of Hawk-eye Live, James Japhet, 225,000 calls were made with only 14 errors during the first week of the US Open.

Although Tiafoe is quick to point out that it is not a perfect system based on his experiences in Melbourne this year.

“It’s technology, right? It’s gonna make mistakes. That’s just a fact. How sometimes we hit the side of the net and they are saying out,” he said.
“I played my first round, it was like 2-All or — something. I hit a serve, I have a ball on top of the net. Out of nowhere, the electronic calling is screaming, Stop.’
“What is that? And then I end up losing the game. Okay, that’s a problem. Sorry, malfunction. Well, thousands and thousands of dollars, malfunction?”

Unfortunately for the American he admits there is not much he can do about it as the enthusiasm for the electronic line calling increases. Although he is unlikely to change his view on the matter anytime soon.

“I don’t think I’ll ever be a fan. It is what it is. I think there will be misses. Things are happening so fast. I get technology is at a crazy high level. I’m just not a believer in it,” he explains.
“They’re gonna do what they’re gonna do. It doesn’t matter what I say. They’re not gonna change anything because Frances Tiafoe said it. I’m never gonna be for it.”

Tiafoe will still get to experience the wonders of the line calling system later this week when he plays in the doubles tournament. He is paired up with Nicholas Monroe.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas sets up blockbuster third round match against Matteo Berrettini in Rome

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Stefanos Tsitsipas edged past Marin Cilic 7-5 6-2 to advance to third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

 

Tsitsipas has improved his win-loss record to 28-7 this season, equalling Andrey Rublev for most match wins after Rublev beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-7 (7-9) 6-1 6-4 earlier today. 

Tsitsipas had to save two break points in the ninth game to hold serve after four deuces. The 2021 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters winner earned his crucial break in the 12th game to win a hard-fought first set 7-5. 

Tsitsipas was in control of the match and cruised to a 6-2 win in the second set with two breaks in the second and eighth games. 

“Sometimes I need to adjust my game and Marin is someone I respect a lot. I knew he was going to come out here and play his best tennis. He made move a lot. It was quite tricky to adjust to that at the beginning, but towards the very end of the first set I stayed calm and stayed calm and resilient. I had to play deep on the returns and find solutions from the baseline rallies. That worked well for me from 6-5”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitsipas set up a blockbuster third round match against last week’s Madrid Mutua Open finalist Matteo Berrettini, who beat John Millman 6-4 6-2 in front of fans, who will return on Thursday. Tsitsipas enjoyed the atmosphere on the Pietrangeli Stadium. 

“The Pietrangeli Stadium is very beautiful. It’s one of the best courts on tour. I feel like the Pietrangeli here is great. We are surrounded by trees in the city and it’s very quiet which is very important for tennis. Honestly, I can’t wait for the fans to come and fill in the stadium”, said Tsitsipas. 

Berrettini missed three consecutive break points in the third game of the opening set and earned his first break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. The Rome-native star served out the first set at 15. Berrettini earned two consecutive breaks to race out to 4-0 lead. Millman saved a break point to hold serve in the fifth game, but Berrettini never looked back in his next two service games to claim the second set 6-2. 

Berrettini has improved with his each appearance in the Rome tournament, reaching the second round in 2018, the third round in 2019 and the quarter final in 2020. 

Tsitsipas beat Berrettini in their only head-to-head match at the 2019 Australian Open. 

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Alexander Zverev eases past Hugo Dellien to set up a third round match clash against Kei Nishikori in Rome

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This year’s Madrid Mutua Open champion Alexander Zverev cruised past qualifier Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 on Nicola Pietrangeli Court to move into the third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. 

 

Zverev fired 27 winners and fended off all six of the break points he faced. The German won five consecutive games from 0-1 down with a double break to race out to a 5-1 lead and served out the opening set at 15 in the eighth game. 

Zverev went up a break in the third game to take a 2-1, but he had to save six break points in a 12-game fourth game. Zverev managed to hold serve after seven deuces before breaking serve in the fifth game to open up a 4-1 lead. The German served out the win on on his second match point in the eighth game. 

The  German star will face Kei Nishikori for the second time in two weeks. He beat Nishikori, Dan Evans, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini last week at the Madrid Mutua Open en route to the fourth ATP Masters 1000 title of his career after claiming three previous trophies in Rome and Canada in 2017 and Madrid in 2018.  

Federico Delbonis didn’t face a break point and converted four of his nine break points in his 6-2 6-1 win over David Goffin. The Argentine player will take on Felix Auger Aliassime, who cruised past last year’s Rome finalist Diego Schwartzman 6-1 6-3. 

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Aslan Karatsev beats Danil Medvedev in all-Russian clash in Rome

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Aslan Karatsev beat his compatriot Danil Medvedev 6-2 6-4 after 1 hour and 18 minutes in an all-Russian match to move into the third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at the Foro Italico in Rome. Karatsev has scored his fifth career win against top 10 opponents.

 

Karatsev has improved his win-loss record to 21-6 in his 27 matches this year, including the ATP 500 title in Dubai, the semifinal at the Australian Open and the final at the Serbian Open in Belgrade. 

Karatsev has scored his second top 5 win in the past month after taking an upset win over world number 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinal in Belgrade. 

Karatsev earned a double break in the fifth and seventh games to open up a 5-2 lead. The 27-year-old Russian player earned another break in the seventh game with a volley to take a 4-3 lead. He never looked back and served out the win on his first match point in the 10th game. 

Karatsev won 90% of his first serve points and saved just one break point. 

Karatsev faced Medvedev for the first time in his career on the ATP Tour. They teamed up with Andrey Rublev at the ATP Cup in Melbourne last winter helping Russia win the final against Italy. 

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