Friday, August 10, 2007
Tennis-Federer still mistrustful of Hawk-Eye
By Simon Cambers
MONTREAL, Aug 10 - World number one Roger Federer
admitted he still does not trust the Hawk-Eye system that has
been brought in to assist with disputed line-calls.
Hawk-Eye, which uses a number of cameras to determine where
the ball has landed, has been met with a favourable response
from most players, but the Wimbledon champion said he did not
believe it was fully accurate.
"I still don't trust it 100 percent, I probably will never
do," Federer said after beating Australia's Lleyton Hewitt 6-3
6-4 to reach the semi-finals of the Montreal Masters.
Under the rules, each player can make a maximum of two
incorrect challenges per set.
"I had one in the first match against (Ivo) Karlovic. It
was a serve, the mark's clearly out because you can see the
marks here on this court.
"I couldn't believe it again when (Hawk-Eye said) it
touched, it reminded me of the Wimbledon situation," the Swiss
said referring to when Hawk-Eye ruled against Federer on an
important call early in the fifth set of the final against
"This is when it proves to me that the machine is not
really working. That's also why you see many guys giving it a
shot when they think it's an important point. You know it's
out, but maybe it did clip the line, you know."
Against Hewitt on Friday, the Swiss was irked when what he
thought was an ace on match point was called wide. He
challenged the call and Hawk-Eye said the ball was out, by the
smallest of margins.
"I felt it was kind of maybe more out than in, obviously,"
"But the tough part is to wait for it. Then you hit a
second serve having basically 20 seconds in between. That is a
tough part. Of course, it's my choice to challenge. But why not
challenge? I would kill myself if it was in and I had not
Federer reiterated his feeling that tennis should allow
line judges to call the lines, with only the umpire having the
right to over-rule.
"I think they (the line judges) stare down that line and
they know how the balls are coming," he said.
"They're used to it. They're professionals. I think they do
an excellent job, because I wouldn't want to be sitting on that
line. I just get disappointed when they miss shocking ones. But
that can happen, too. I'm the guy who doesn't get too crazy
about it. So it's okay."