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"In 90 per cent of cases the linesman's decision will go for the local player."

Ljubicic interviewed in ACE magazine's September issue:

If there was one rule in tennis you could change, what would it be?
The Hawk-Eye camera would help tennis a lot. I feel that sometimes the world's top players or the local guys are protected in certain ways by the linesmen. Being a Croatian, and having only one event in Croatia the whole year, I am always playing away from home. The linesmen are always local people. I'm not saying they're bad, but sometimes they just cannot take the pressure. In a normal match, say there are 10 to 15 balls that are 50/50 where the normal eye cannot see if they're good or bad. In 90 per cent of cases the linesman's decision will go for the local player.

In light of the recent DC tie in Croatia: ain't that ever the truth, Ivan.

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ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

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Re: "In 90 per cent of cases the linesman's decision will go for the local player."

Bad linesmen cost him a win in Rotterdam so his comment doesn't surprise me.

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Re: "In 90 per cent of cases the linesman's decision will go for the local player."

sure that is likely to happen

but that is common in all local davis cup ties
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Re: "In 90 per cent of cases the linesman's decision will go for the local player."

Do you mean this year's final, Ilhame? I remember several close calls, but not a really big disputed one - but you would probably know better than me.

The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

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ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.
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Re: "In 90 per cent of cases the linesman's decision will go for the local player."



Am I the only one that isn't totally convinced by the accuracy of Hawk-Eye. I often see it showing balls as out, then when you see an actual replay the ball seems good. Or often if a ball is out, on hawk-eye it seems to suggest the ball is a lot furthur out than it actually was
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Re: "In 90 per cent of cases the linesman's decision will go for the local player."

what happened in rotterdam?????
federer is pretty lucky with the bad calls I very often see bad calls againt his rivals

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Bad linesmen cost him a win in Rotterdam so his comment doesn't surprise me.
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Re: "In 90 per cent of cases the linesman's decision will go for the local player."

There's a grey area that I'm not sure man or technology will ever be able to pin down exactly - Hawk-Eye is supposed to be accurate to within a couple of millimetres, but sometimes that can make all the difference. Obviously the replay systems need more work to refine them a bit more, but surely we can't keep on getting as many bad calls from both linesmen and umpires as we did at this year's US Open, and indeed most of the Slams this year. There were aces well inside the centre line being called faults.

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ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?

ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.
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Re: "In 90 per cent of cases the linesman's decision will go for the local player."

I was there for the final and from where I was, on the other side of the questionable balls, I saw they were out. Ivan looked at the umpire and linesmen, shook his head, but didn't cause a scene.

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Am I the only one that isn't totally convinced by the accuracy of Hawk-Eye.
No, you're not. As evidenced by this past summer hardcourt, hawk-eye was shown to be as fallible as the human eye.

And Ljubadick needs to quit whining so much already. He's not the only one who gets bad line calls.

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Re: "In 90 per cent of cases the linesman's decision will go for the local player."

Also, although there have been times when I've been wanting hawk-eye to be brought in (Miami final, Federer hits about 2 feet long and Nadal would've won the match in straight sets if the call had been made), I still kind of like the human error side of things. Its always quite entertaining to see how a player reacts to a bad call. Players won't be able to argue if there is technology calling whether the ball is good or not.
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Re: "In 90 per cent of cases the linesman's decision will go for the local player."

It's interesting to note that Federer himself was dead set against the introduction of line call technology when it was proposed to him by an ATP representative earlier in the year. One wonders how he might feel if and when he ever gets hooked by a bad call on an important point.

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ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?

ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.
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It's interesting to note that Federer himself was dead set against the introduction of line call technology when it was proposed to him by an ATP representative earlier in the year. One wonders how he might feel if and when he ever gets hooked by a bad call on an important point.
He was probably asked after Miami, when the umpire/line judge handed him the title
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I think 90% of the calls go in favor of the player(s) who treat linespeople and ball boy ball girls with courtesy and dignity....

certain players have been known to glare down lines people. leyton i think is one. he got 12 foot faults - who believes that he actually makes 12 foot faults in one match?
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He was probably asked after Miami, when the umpire/line judge handed him the title
If I can get over this year's AO loss to Safin, then you should be able to do the same for your man. Which one would you rather have anyway as a Nadal fan, a win in the Miami final or in the semis of RG?

The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?

ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.
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And Ljubadick needs to quit whining so much already. He's not the only one who gets bad line calls.
I see someone is still upset about the DC spanking, that took place in Feb.

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