Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will benefit from shot-clock, claim ATP
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will benefit from the introduction of shot-clock, claims ATP official Gayle Bradshaw.
The controversial new rule, which forces players to comply with the 25 seconds they are permitted to deliver a serve, is being rolled out ATP Tour events in North America ahead of the US Open, with Nadal and Djokovic two of its biggest detractors.
However, Bradshaw is confident it will actually be helpful to them both once they get to know the system.
“Both those guys, when they see the time, will adapt,” Bradshaw said.
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“Rafa, I think it’s going to be a benefit, wearing down other guys after chasing down his balls.
“There may be some bumps along the way but I think in the long run it’s going to be a positive for everybody.
“I’m optimistic this is really going to be a big plus.
“I think there’s some anxiety because it’s new, but once they get out and try it they will be fine with it.”
Meanwhile, Kei Nishikori has added his name to the list of shot-clock’s doubters, saying: It might be tough for me because I usually take a lot of time between points.
“Especially this summer, it’s going to be tough. If it’s in Europe, it might be okay, but it’s one of the hottest places here.
“And also it’s going to be hot at the U.S. Open. It’s not going to be easy for myself, and I’m not going to have too much time to think where I should go on my serve, and not going to have time to think much in between points and especially with this heat.
“Mentally, it’s going to be a little bit tougher I think.”
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