Players still reeling from rain at Wimbledon

Updated: 09 July 2007 16:12 IST

The effects of all that rain are still being felt at the All England Club, even after two days of dry weather.

Players still reeling from rain at Wimbledon

Wimbledon, England:

The effects of all that rain are still being felt at the All England Club, even after two days of dry weather.

After Richard Gasquet lost to Roger Federer in the semifinals, he complained about the compressed schedule that denied him a chance to rest after a grueling quarterfinal match.

His five-set win over number three Andy Roddick finished only 16 hours before he played four-time defending champion Federer on Centre Court.

Rain on nine of the tournament's first 10 days meant both men's semifinals started at noon on Saturday.

"It was maybe early, for sure," Gasquet said. "After a match like Roddick yesterday, I need to rest a day, but we couldn't with the rain, so it was bad luck."

Serving at 6-5, Gasquet was only two points away from forcing a first-set tiebreaker, but Federer won four straight points to take the set.

After the set ended, the 12th-seeded Gasquet called for a trainer to look at his left ankle. He went on to lose in straight sets.

"I played a lot yesterday," Gasquet said. "With the ankle, I couldn't run too much.



Topics : Tennis Wimbledon 2011
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