It's a fix! Murray's win was bent, says angry Karlovic after SW19 exit
23:24 GMT, 28 June 2012
Ivo Karlovic stormed away from Centre Court with the extraordinary accusation that Wimbledon was fixed in Andy Murray’s favour.
Murray beat Karlovic in their second-round match 7-5, 6-7, 6-2, 7-6 but the 6ft 10in Croat claimed the match turned on foot faults, having been called an unprecedented 11 times. And he alleged the British desire to see a home champion was behind events.
Asked what made the difference, Karlovic replied: ‘Foot faults. It was outrageous. In my whole life, since I was eight years old, I didn’t do this many. After this match, the whole credibility of the tournament went down for me.
Not amused: Ivo Karlovic accused Wimbledon bosses of fixing the tournament for Andy Murray
‘It was never called when it was 30-0 or 40-0. It was always when it was 30-all or in a tiebreak. I mean, what is this, the Davis Cup or Wimbledon I’m angry because I don’t expect it here, even against the English (sic) guy who they want to win.’
Asked to clarify whether he was accusing Murray or Wimbledon of being involved, or whether the organisers are merely desperate on Murray’s behalf, Karlovic said: ‘Murray, I don’t know. It is not Wimbledon, but the whole of the United Kingdom.’
Karlovic said that he even changed his approach midway through to avoid offending, but without success. ‘I thought I would stand back a little from the line so they could not call,’ he said. ‘But they still did it. It was outrageous.’
Going through: Andy Murray beat Karlovic in four sets
The world No 59 sent down a phenomenal 17 aces but his concentration was clearly broken by the line judges’ calls and he double-faulted twice in the fourth-set tiebreak.
Karlovic added: ‘I don’t foot fault. The most I remember in a tournament is one or two, and I can’t think of the last time.
‘Normally my left leg is still on the line, but I went back and still they called it. I didn’t want to go too crazy because I was trying to stay focused.
‘I’m a calm guy. If I lose it, I go off court. But I feel cheated — a Grand Slam, on Centre Court, I don’t know what to say.’
Done deal Karlovic claims Wimbledon is fixed to help Murray
Wimbledon refused to comment, but Murray said: ‘It’s very tough to question the integrity of Wimbledon. It’s got a lot of history and tradition. There’s been hundreds and thousands of matches over the years — I’ve never heard of it before.
‘I need to see the videos. If there were 11 foot faults and every one was incorrect then that’s completely wrong and unfair.’