Some players on ATP Tour want to speed it up

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 08, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27: Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand in his quarterfinal match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during day ten of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Some players at the BNP Paribas Open say chair umpires need to be more diligent about enforcing rules about time allowed between points. The length of the recent Australian Open final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, which took 5 hours, 53 minutes to complete, had some wondering what was taking so long. Turns out both players often took as much as 30 seconds in between points. Rules state players are allowed 20 seconds between points in the four Grand Slam tournaments and 25 seconds in ATP Tour events. But like the slow-play rules in golf, they are enforced inconsistently. Roger Federer, who plays fairly quickly, says he thinks officials ''are being too loose.''
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