Novak Djokovic admitted he wanted the roof to remain closed during his semi-final match against Rafael Nadal, but insisted he was not responsible for the decision.
The 12-time Grand Slam champion showed remarkable athleticism and ability during a gruelling five hour and 15 minutes match, which started on Friday night before concluding on Saturday afternoon.
After John Isner and Kevin Andersons six-and-a-half-hour epic, the pair only got on court at 8pm on Friday night, starting under the roof.
Nadal had insisted he wasnt keen to play under the roof on Saturday – when the sun was shining brightly – although he was not keen to elaborate on the situation when speaking in English.
In Spanish, he said: Its the umpire who decides about the roof, and if you start indoor, you have to end in the same conditions.
You decide if thats fair or its not. To gain time we started indoor, and thats it. I dont think its right, but its just my opinion.
However, while Djokovic agreed with the decision – he was adamant he played no role in it.
I was for the roof because we started to play, and I wanted to play in the same conditions, he said after the 6-4 3-6 7-6 (11-9) 3-6 10-8 win.
I didnt ask them. I just expressed my opinion because they asked for my opinion. But as I understood, they already made a decision.
The tournament organisers and referees said that the roof has to be closed because we started the match with the roof closed.
Regardless, the match itself was still utterly sensational – roof or no roof.
Two of tennis finest athletes went toe-to-toe in brilliant fashion and Djokovic heaped praise on the world No. 1 after the match.
Hes probably the greatest fighter ever to play this game, Djokovic added.
I mean, he battles every single point like its his last. Thats something that is so impressive with Rafa. Thats what makes him so difficult to beat on any surface.
You coming into the match against him, knowing that you have to earn your points, is already an energy-spending moment. So you have to be ready for it, obviously.
Thats why you put in X amount of hours on the practice court, preparation, trying to be as professional as you can, because you need to compete with a guy like Nadal. He does the same.
If you want to be able to compete on such a high level, eventually get a win against him in the big tournaments, then you have to give it all you got.
Djokovic will look to win a fourth Wimbledon title on Sunday against Anderson, who competes in his first final at the All England Club.