Roger Federer has spoken out on the many issues the players have brought up at the US Open this year. Federer, who won yesterday night over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, expressed his displeasure over the long-standing Saturday semifinals, Sunday finals schedule at the US Open.
“This is the fourth year in a row I think we’re playing a Monday final. Might as well just make it a Monday final, right?” Federer said. “I think the three early first rounds is not working, and then the Super Saturday I just think is not feasible. In all the Grand Slams you do not really have that competitive advantage over another player, which I don’t think should be the case here. I’m sure that there has been many finals played here where one player had a huge advantage, and I don’t think that should be happening before such a huge match here in the final. So I think that’s where, you know, it was a good decision to make it a Monday final again. But without the roof, I just don’t think Saturday/Sunday is feasible any longer at this point.”
Federer applauded the US Open’s decision to move the men’s final to Monday, but reminded us that the back-to-back scheduling was in mind when he lost to Djokovic in the semifinals last year.
“It is true that I did think of the Rafa final and the prospect, you know, trying to get there without maybe losing too much energy,” he said. “Maybe that was one of the reasons I was not able to stay tougher in two of the sets I lost, actually Still should have won the match maybe, but it’s just a tough prospect. You never have it that we have to play back to back best of five set matches, and only here before the final at the US Open. It just somehow doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.”
Federer, who also serves as president of the ATP player council, then addressed the issues of Grand Slam representation, echoing the words of his fellow top players. “We just hope that they (Grand Slams) understand the issues and the protection of the players are very important. Whatever that means, you know. I think it’s very important that we do get to a table and speak, which never actually happens.”
In the semifinals tomorrow Federer meet Djokovic again the semifinals for the fourth time at the US Open.
“I think we’re both gonna play aggressive,” he said. “He’s moving well since years now. He’s probably taken his game up to a bit of a higher level, but mostly in terms of confidence I think. But I think when we do play against each other it’s always exciting. We have great rallies against each other. You know, I like playing against him because it’s a battle of the baseline a bit if you like. He’s been having an amazing season so far, so it’s a challenge right now in the men’s game. That’s what I like, who I like to play against.”
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