It is, like his precise shotmaking and fluid movements, a delicate balancing act. Demands can stretch on and on. The mind can become weary. Focus can waver.
Despite threats of a boycott and other hard-line tactics -- for tennis -- Roger Federer and his fellow players and ATP executives have shepherded successes.
The French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open each contributed a larger percentage of prize money to earlier rounds this season.
The Australian Open will do the same in January, and in a pre-emptive strike already announced the biggest year-over-year prize money increase in its history.
"More important," Roger Federer said, is the "productive" dialogue taking place.
"I'm happy that we've gotten to the table with the Slams and been able to explain our case," he said.
At 31, Roger Federer is brushing up against the usual threshold when age undermines skill, which means every minute and every decision he makes counts.
In that regard, time management might just be the Swiss' biggest asset. He seems to have found a formula that works.