I didn't put this in the Rants and Raves, because I believe the match length between Nadal and Djoker is the result of their specific routines between points. Other players aren't quite as guilty as these two. So it's not really a complaint; it's an observation of today's match. So they announced that the 4+ hour semifinal match today was the "longest in Master Series history." I just have to call B.S. on that one, because these guys were taking 40+ seconds between points all day long. I think everyone knows that the maximum allowed time between points is 25 seconds. So these guys are taking a full 60% longer between every point. If you subtracted off all the wasted time, you'd get a match length of just over 2-1/2 hours. Not even close to the "longest" in Master Series history. The Tennis Channel showed the "time between points" timer on the TV screen between points and these guys were consistently running 38+ seconds between points. Granted, they had some awesome rallies, but the bottom line is that in previous years, competitors just didn't take as long between points. "Way back when", guys used to grab a ball and start serving after briefly wiping their brow with their wristband. Nowadays they get a towel handed to them, wipe every inch of skin surface completely free of sweat, walk around along the baseline, look up at the replay screen, select their balls, bounce the balls about 20 times, then finally serve. Anyways, the bottom line is that if you're going to start keeping track of match duration, you'd better compensate for the EXCESS time that these guys are taking between points. ILLEGAL time, I might add. Don't get me wrong. I think the added rest between points actually helps elevate the level of tennis that we're witnessing today. But the rules are the rules. 25 seconds. No more. Let's not sully the phenomenal matches of the past by comparing them with the present, because it's not a fair comparison.