With a week to go, the two former champions are wondering what kind of work can be done in the center when there is no competition, so track conditions improve when the action resumes with 16 fourth round singles scheduled for Monday.
With a week to go, the grass during Wimbledon are no longer lush grass players – and spectators – we are accustomed to seeing at the start of the tournament.
Novak Djokovic realized that the ball bounced differently on some plates.
Roger Federer and his opponent slipped during their third round match.
The last two champions are wondering what kind of work can be done on Sunday, the environment, when there is no competition, so that the conditions of the court to improve when the action is resumed with 16 matches of the individual round quarters scheduled for Monday.
“The first two games, I have not seen any significant difference, but I’ve heard a lot of comments from other players,” said Djokovic, who beat Ernests Gulbis in a series before the central court yesterday.
“Today I could see that there was a difference in the grass in the grass itself. It was a little softer, I would say, especially around a couple of feet inside and outside, around the reference area,” he said Djokovic, champion of three times the All England club.
“I’ve never had this kind of experience at Wimbledon, to be honest. That is, the courts are always perfect here.”
Federer followed Djokovic on the center court and called him “a bit slippery” after losing his foot during a point in a win over Mischa Zverev, who also had a fall.
“But I do not feel insecure,” said Federer, who has won seven of his 18 major titles at Wimbledon.
“Maybe you do not want players to feel that way, because when you are afraid to move properly, it is very difficult to play, I must admit. The last thing we want to see are horrible injuries.”
Some players have expressed concern about the conditions of the court during opening week, including Kristina Mladenovic of France and Alison Riske of the United States, who took their early lead in their second round match at Court 18 Thursday.
Riske, who won the game, said after the earth “is like ice.”
Measures taken during the first week of Wimbledon show that lawn courses are as healthy as those of recent years, according to Neil Stubley, head and horticulture at the All England Club.
“We looked at the basics and areas that thought there was a problem,” Stubley said. “We do not think there was. The Grand Slam supervisor and line judge did not think there was more.
When we look at the comparisons of other courts … they were in the same conditions as the other courts. ”
Very little rain fell during the first six days of the tournament, which according to Stubley, resulted in further wear and tear of the courts.
However, although he acknowledged that the courts are under stress, he said there was no doubt that they will be held during the second week of Wimbledon.
“Because we have a daily follow-up, we can keep a rigor very close to everything,” he said. “That never happens at the point where it will take us away because we are aware of every day.”
But Djokovic was sure that something was not exactly the same as in the past.
“I’m sure they know what they do. They know their work is the best in the world.