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January 21 2018, 12:21 | Van Peters
In his first two tournaments of this year, Dolgopolov was beaten in the first round in both Brisbane and Sydney and earned a total of just $8,850 (about £6,900) for his two weeks' work.
"Clearly I was hoping that Alexandr was feeling better today but he's had a rough one this year".
Federer reached the Wimbledon second round when Alexandr Dolgopolov quit when trailing 6-3, 3-0 after just 43 minutes on Center Court complaining of an ankle injury. Before the start of this year's Championships, he was tied for the numero uno spot with American great Jimmy Connors.
How do they match up? I have been around and feels like I'm super old, but I'm not.
With Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic sharing 12 Wimbledon titles among them, it's not a surprise that they are the most-watched and talked-about players at the All England Club. "At least they saw the two of us who gave it all they had", The Independent quoted Federer as saying after the match.
Djokovic: "I think the new rule that the ATP has introduced allows players who deserve it already, who have made it to the Grand Slam main draw, get what they deserve, but on the other hand allow someone else to play if they can". "It's unfortunate that it happened".
So far, seven men have retired from the first round. The reward for this victory is a mouth-watering encounter against the Australian Open champion and arguable favourite in the shape of Roger Federer.
The new rule is something 18-time Grand Slam victor Federer is fully in support of as he was left frustrated by yesterday's match that was abandoned following Djokovic's match. That's a system being employed on a trial basis this season on the ATP Tour - which doesn't run majors - and lets someone who lost in qualifying take the spot in the main draw of an injured player.
On each occasion the player who stepped onto the court and then retired pocketed £35,000.
"The chairman said, "You and Novak should go and play for another set and a half". The first round losers will reportedly receive £35,000 ( Rs 29,26,294 approx). Konta is the first British woman to be ranked in the top 10 at Wimbledon since Jo Durie in 1984 and she showed few signs of nerves in despatching her opponent 6-2 6-2. With due respect to Dolgopolov and Klizan, most of the spectators had come to see Federer and Djokovic.
"A player should not go on court if he knows he should not finish", he said. The question is, did they truly believe they were going to finish.
"When I went out, I felt like there was a bit of a letdown from the crowd". "The ATP has adjusted its rule, but maybe the Slams should. look at what they could do for the players to make it just a little bit easier".
The retirements prompted boos on Centre Court, while Tomic's behaviour angered former pros commentating on the London tennis tournament.
But it was the short men's matches that had everyone talking. Nevertheless, it would still be a much more satisfactory situation if the financial temptation to play when you have a serious injury was not there.
"There are guys waiting in there, the lucky loser will be looking. and thinking he could have played on Centre Court at Wimbledon", he added.
It was the kind of trouble-free first round Djokovic would have been hoping for after the most turbulent period of his career, the 12-time major victor losing in the Australian Open second round and the French Open quarter-finals. "I'm completely speechless. It's just yeah, I mean, I'm just.".
It so happened that the 28-year-old Ukrainian was going for his 200th match-win, but despite this year winning his third title, his first in over five years, he continued to be plagued by injuries that, in the last 18 months alone, included hip, groin, shoulder, abdomen, back and leg.