Berdych falls in late-night thriller

Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:59pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - It was so late and so dark at Wimbledon that even Hawkeye went to sleep. It was just too bad a grumpy Tomas Berdych could not find a way to escape the nightmare scenario as he slumped to a 7-6(5) 6-4 7-6(6) third round defeat by Marin Cilic on Friday.

Nothing went right for the sixth-ranked Czech as he became the highest men's seed to fall by the wayside in a match that finished at 9.38pm local time - the latest finish at the All England Club outside of Center Court.

Croatia's Cilic admitted "it was very, very dark in the tiebreak" and Andy Murray observed that he could not "imagine what it was like for them" as he "couldn't see the ball on the TV".

Berdych, on the other hand, was angry with the lack of light, angry with a linesman for constantly making the wrong calls and angry that they were forced to play on even though technology had given up the ghost.

"I lost all the will to talk to that guy anymore," the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up told reporters. 

"I saw so many mistakes from him. I ask him (the umpire) three times to change the guy. All he said (was) 'No, everybody can make mistakes. He's a great linesman. He's doing a great job, so give him a chance'.

"I said, 'all right, give him a chance. It's your call. I already lost two games (because of the linesman's wrong calls). Great'," he added sarcastically.

    "Then the end of the match basically there was a third call, and then I look at the line... and there was the same guy. He (the umpire) just put him on another line."   Continued...

Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic reacts during his men's singles tennis match against Marin Cilic of Croatia on Court 1 at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London June 27, 2014.    REUTERS/Max Rossi