Roger Federer beat Marin Cilic in this year’s Australian Open final
15 November, 2018, 18:58
Austria's Dominic Thiem maintained his hopes of reaching the ATP Finals last four with a straight-set win over Japan's Kei Nishikori in London.
Benneteau made particular inference toward the Australian Open by revealing Federer had played "12 or 13" of his 14 matches in the night schedule in the past two years.
After suggesting that the whole debate has been taken out of context, Federer told reporters there is no obvious pattern in the way the timing of his matches is arranged.
"I get asked, "Would you like to play on Monday or Tuesday" sometimes".
Having lost his opening round-robin match to Kei Nishikori, the 20-time Grand Slam champion was still some way from his fluent best but dropped just six points on serve and took advantage of a wayward display from Thiem to break twice in both sets. "I think I have enough things to focus on from my own side, from my own game, to make sure I play a good match against him here in the next match", Federer said. Sometimes, we have our say. "People want to see him play on the center court, and they want to see him play in showtime, the best hours, which is 7:30 at night in Rod Laver Arena".
"I didn't come into the match with too much pressure", said Thiem in his on-court interview.
"I've been playing a lot of tennis the last two months". "In terms of players and their appeal, it needs to be said that Roger Federer is a once-in-a-generation player widely regarded as one of the biggest "box office" athletes in the world", the statement read.
'He has been regularly voted Australia's favourite athlete.
The Serbian, now the world number one, believes the Swiss tennis legend has earned his right to get special treatment because of the success he has had in Australia over the years and he is the "greatest" to have ever played the game.
"Tennis Australia is justly proud of the success of the Laver Cup, in which we certainly have a share, along with the USTA and other partners", Tiley said. "The fans demand his matches on the big stadiums and our broadcasters want his matches to air on prime time", Tiley said.
"Sometimes I get help, sometimes I don't and I think there you have it".
"The top players, they sell the most tickets therefore they should get the most".
"It is like the Tiger Woods effect in golf".
For nearly 50 years, the ATP Finals (the event changed the name a few times since 1970) represented the pinnacle of the men's tennis season, gathering the best players in the battle for one of the most prestigious crowns in our sport outside Majors.
On the other hand, there were also many one-sided encounters with one player dominating over the other, ever since Stan Smith crashed Jan Kodes 6-1 6-0 in 1972 in Barcelona.
Thiem's 6-1 6-4 victory at the O2 on Thursday means six-time champion Federer will top group Lleyton Hewitt if he defeats Kevin Anderson later this evening.
It has been a curious year for Nishikori as the former US Open finalist, troubled by a wrist injury, started 2018 losing to the world number 238 in a Challenger event in January and crashed to 39th in the ATP rankings in April after a prolonged slump.
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