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Clock might be ticking on the classic tennis marathon

Reuters, LONDON

“I think tennis would lose something, it would become more clinical, but they said the same about tiebreaks and they are appreciated now, but I would be sad if they decided this was the way to go,” Glass said.

Kermode said no changes to the scoring would happen in the next five years, but added that in 10 years it was conceivable, saying there had already been interest from tournaments directors of the often-struggling ATP 250 events.

It is unlikely to ever affect Federer, but the 19-time Grand Slam champion, while admitting to enjoying watching developments in Milan, has urged caution, saying it could rob the sport of its variety.

“Longer sets allow you to stretch a lead, try different things,” he said. “You can work on stuff, whereas, when every point counts so much, there’s no room for anything.”

The debate will rage on, but in this time-hungry technological age, tennis cannot afford to stand still.

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