It’s been a topic of controversy for many years, and it’s the one thing Roger Federer would change at the US Open. That is the final weekend schedule which requires men to play best-of-5 semifinals on Saturday then the best-of-5 final the next day on Sunday.
When asked in press yesterday what he would change about the US Open, the 5-time champion responded, “It would be good for all of us or for the semifinals and finals if we had a Friday and Sunday semifinals and finals and not have the first round spread out over three days. That makes sense.”
It does make sense and in a strange way Mother Nature has agreed. The last four years the US Open has been hit by rain on the final weekend delaying the men’s final until Monday giving that extra rest to the men’s finalists.
There has been talk – just talk so far – of moving the men’s final permantely to Monday or changing the semifinal day, as Federer wishes, to Friday. But this year the schedule remains intact allowing American TV host CBS to air it’s traditional “Super Saturday” schedule.
Federer plays tonight in the Cincinnati Masters 1000 quarterfinals against the last American in the tournament, Mardy Fish.
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