So is there a history of favouritism when it comes to AO schedule or isn't there? Should Fed reach the AO final this year he'll play 4 out of 7 finals with one day less rest. Recent years, you mean those in which Fed is basically only a factor at Wimbledon which as you stated has a clear rule? You can scrap FO where he hasn't been a contender in years, he reached 2015 USO F but he played a 2nd semi there, not that it really matters ever since the SF and F aren't played on back-to-back days in USO. Leaves 2017 AO where probably not even his parents believed he was gonna contend for the title. His half playing first more likely had to with Murray than Fed who was largely written off (with good reason obviously).