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Ernests Gulbis received some criticism for what many perceived to be an unnecessary and ill-timed medical timeout during the fourth set of his 6-7(5) 7-6(3) 6-2 4-6 6-3 victory over Roger Federer on Sunday in Paris.

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Naturally, the Latvian was asked about the issue during his press conference, and he acquitted himself rather nicely, saying, “I’m not big on medial timeouts, I don’t like to take it but I take it when it’s really necessary.” (See video above)

Federer was also asked about the incident, which happened late in the fourth set (Gulbis said the reason he did it in the fourth is because he didn’t want to take the timeout in the fifth set, but unfortunately he took it before a Federer service game), and he quelled any possible controversy by basically saying that the timeout didn’t bother him and had nothing to do with the eventual outcome of the match. But Federer did mention that Gulbis didn’t look hurt (for the record).

Here’s what Federer had to say:

“I went through the same thing against Tursunov, you know. So if the rules allow you to do that, you know, what can you do? There is nothing much.

It's definitely something that hasn't happened very often against me. Back to back matches, they leave the court, go for treatment and then come back. You don't know what they were doing. Must be lower back or thigh or groin or something like that, because the rest they have to do on the court.

So, I mean, that's part of the game, you know. In the past I guess it's been abused much more than today, but still, what can you tell? He didn't look hurt in any way. But if you can use it, you know, might as well do it.”


Federer continued:

"Well, is three, five, seven minutes really that much of a problem? I'm just asking, you know. It's actually not. It could be a little rain and it could be the same thing. Here it's just a little timeout, and that's it.

Clearly you can interpret it in so many ways, and I think, you know, you're not allowed to go to the toilet anymore during the set. I came through my career in the beginning where everybody used to take a toilet break at 5 4 when you're serving for the match (laughter). Everybody had to run to the bathroom at that point when I was younger. So that was like a given, almost.

Then there was an injury timeout maybe just before that, or right after that, depending on how you used it (laughter).

So I grew up with that. So now, I mean, it's like a big deal when a guy goes to the bathroom like on the set breaks. Give me a break, it's like, when it's cold like this, you have to go to the toilet. Sometimes when you go deep in a match, sometimes you can have treatment because the rule allows you to.

But clearly you don't want anybody to abuse it, you know. I hope that Ernests didn't or whatever, whoever did it doesn't do it for that.

But you can call the doctor and the trainer at any time and talk to them, you know."


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