Federer complains about scheduling at FO

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  1. Defcon

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    Federer was not happy about the way his 2nd round match was scheduled. They made him play last on Suzanne Lenglen (never mind its not center court, thats kinda ok) knowing full well that there was little chance of play being completed. It was only Fed's complete dominance in the quick 1st 2 sets that let him barely close out the match in time.

    Fed doesn't like to play late because its dark and hard to see the ball. He wanted to stop play in 2005 against Nadal due to similar conditions but they made him play on in the dark.

    On top of everything, the forecast for today was rain so the organizers must have expected Fed's match to not finish. Fed was lucky there was no rain.

    Its one thing to schedule local favorites on the show courts. But every other slam gladly accommodates requests from the top players about scheduling (within limits) and would never do something like this.
     
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  2. Tsunami

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    Definitely agree with him, nuff said
     
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  3. Rhino

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    I think it was a shrewd move on Federers part to make a fuss.
    When a number one player in the world makes a statement like that the organisers will listen and from now on I bet he isn't scheduled 4th or 5th match of the day.
    As it happens the weather is great today so far.
    BTW, notice the RG website didn't print Federers interview for day 4? :)
     
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    The modern players shouldn't complain about scheduling.Until the 70/80s is was normal, that top players had to go to outside courts. When Laver was on his way to the GS, they put him in the second round Wim against Indian Lall way on an outside court (nr. 12 or 14), whith only 100 onlookers. He had to come from behind in 5 to win the last 15 games. Nowadays top players have the advantage to play always on Centre or Nr.1 courts, which makes life substantially easier. On outside courts ousiders would have much better chances; on the big showcourts they are intimitaded by the surroundings. Look what happened to Sampras at Wim against Bastl. One remark on the competition: If i see the line of players, to whom Sampras lost early (1rst-3rd round) at RG (Norman, Medwedew, Schaller, Gaudenzi, Flipper (ok no clay courter), Blanco) i have the feeling, that these not top class, but still solid and dangerous clay courters have faded away. It seems to be easier to go through the early rounds now.
     
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  5. Peter Szucs

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    I think he should stay quiet. He is at the end of the day just a player on the tour. His ranking allows him to avoid seeded players in the first rounds but no other privilege over other players.
     
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    it was actually raining, quite a bit actually, but i guess they thought that federer should go through this guy so easy they can schedule it really late
     
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    Federer was complaining about the late start of his match far more than the choice of court.
     
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    To tell you the truth for 9:00 PM there was still enough daylight out. I mean it was getting dark but I think he was fine. It sounds like an excuse for such a tight 3 set.
     
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    Did you watch the match live in person on Lenglen court?
     
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    I'm sure Federer would of liked it more if the organizers had postponed his match for the next day and make him play 2 matches in 1 day right Defcon instead of playing late with light and no rain and no wind?:roll::roll:
    and btw they always put local players on CC so don't you try to start anything :rolleyes:
     
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  11. poplar

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    I was expecting him to complain and i am glad he did. to be honest, nobody should be expected to play into the night. it seemed like there was enough light, but actually the feel of ball would be affected because the light was dim, just like when you drive around sunset, your feel of the speed isn't as accurate as in broad daylight.

    there are excused about loss, but i never heard of excuses about a tight win. a win is a win. now you guys are making a fuss about federer's complain. if other players complain about the scheduling, maybe you'll have more sympathy?

    with all the unpredictable weather, FO should add the light so they'll have night matches and more flexibility.
     
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  12. oscar_2424

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    what a crybaby
     
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  13. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    Maybe u should post the article or interview in which he was complaining.....

    BESIDES, I think it is harder to play tennis when the visibility is low, I think he has the right to complain.
     
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  14. sureshs

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    Federer has every right to complain. Whether Laver played in such conditions is not the point. People are more aware of their rights now. Playing tennis in the dark is not some heroic act to be admired.
     
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    Yeah, except he's not just a fan favourite - he is the #1 player in the world, and with that position, he is awarded certain privileges. Once the others get to that level, they will have just as much right to complain. Pampered and spoiled or reaping the benefits of his hard work?
     
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  16. ATXtennisaddict

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    I hate playing when I can't see the ball. i guess it's just me.
     
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    I use the force when playing in complete darkness.
     
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    Oh, I have a feeling that you would never have to use the force when playing in complete darkness my little Yoda. ;)
     
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    Did his opponent complain? Surely this would affect both players equally so I don't see anything wrong with a little less light.
     
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    I think Fed was right to complain - he is number 1 and deserves the best court and also able to chose his timing - but one strange thing I cannot understand about last night - Fed said he could not see the ball properly - but what about the other chap who could see it all too well!!
     
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  21. poplar

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    does his opponent wear contact lenses? do you know for sure that he didn't complain or the press didn't repot his complaint?
     
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  22. poplar

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    some people hate driving at night coz they can't see too well in the dark, while others have no problem with it at all. not all people are the same.
     
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    Maybe he should switch to larger contact lenses, so he stops "shanking" his eyesight. :)
     
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    And today looks like its rained out. Fed would've been royally po'd if his match had not finished!
     
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    didn't u have a yoda av before?

    well, not everyone's a jedi master.
     
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    ^^^ yes I did. It will be back soon.
     
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    Oh stop it you two. Keep it G-rated please. Drakulie has a little yoda?


    happy 2000th post to me :)
     
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    Congrats shooter!
     
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  29. Roger is Boring

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    lol what a crybaby.he tried to pull that stunt when he played nadal a few years ago too-his bad sporting behavior is nothing new .

    that federer- always looking for an excuse for when he losses :D
     
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    ummm check your scoreboard again, he destroyed Ascione in straight sets.

    He was smart to make a fuss about playing in bad light. You'll find from now on he never has to deal with playing another late match again (see todays for instance), he knows what he's doing.
     
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  31. Moose Malloy

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    Why would they put him on that court? The reason top players are put on show courts is because more fans want to see them, I imagine most fans at Wimbledon 1969 wanted to see Laver, so that doesn't make sense. But then again not much made sense about the pro tennis schedule in the early years of the open era.

    I was thinking the same thing, after watching Nadal & Federer destroy their early round opponents. Not even Guga or Muster were winning this easily on clay in the early rounds 10 years ago.
     
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    Only to be expected when we're witnessing the greatest tennis player ever to have lived and the greatest clay courter in history so far (for about another 8 days anyway).
     
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    hehe yes.It's not problem of the competition.It's because Roger and Rafa are that good.:) Makes you feel lucky to be able to watch them play.
     
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    It's nice to see you come out of your hole, especially after than clay bagel Nadal ate two weeks ago.

    By the way, you need to update your sig. It's 7-4 now remember?
     
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    haha well spotted BigServer1!
    It's funny how rogerisboring is always talking about Roger. It's Roger this, Roger that, Roger blah, blah, blah. If he finds him so boring there are plenty of other players to talk about, but he seems to actually find him the opposite of boring.
     
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  36. poplar

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    actually roger is all he talks about. he doesn't even talk much about nadal.
     
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    Si si...that makes him, erm, wat u call in English...a troll, no?
     
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    Well my main point was that when its getting dark, its getting dark for both players. Their environment is the same for both, I did not take into account people who have trouble seeing at night. Why doesn't he get lasik?

    :confused:
     
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    I'd rather 7-4 than 4-7. :D
     
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    Fed's always been a guy who thinks that his #1 ranking entitles him to both favorable scheduling and the right to open his mouth when he doesn't get his way. Remember his tongue-wagging at the US Open about never getting a night match? Poor you, and Vamos Rafa.
     
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    Because the worst the condition for both player, the more advantage will be to the worse player. Because both player will be playing against the environment instead of each other.

    In the more extreme cases, if both players play in complete darkness, the better player will be just as bad as the worse player. Heck, I might get a point out of Federer if both of us are blindfolded. Or if play in a extremely windy (storm) situation, etc.
     
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    Fed is just a big crybaby, he always has been.There are just so many of you here that are so in love with him, you just cant see it!!
     
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    I'd rather have 10 Grand Slam trophies than 2, but I guess to each their own...
     
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  44. J-man

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    He complains about alot of things. But when the sh*t hits the fan, he should be ready for it.
     
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  45. AAAA

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    wrong! We can see it and we just don't care!
     
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    OWNED!

    Also, I would rather be the current King Of Clay than a has-been who got bageled in his last final on clay.
     
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    Good point aaaa, you are at least honest.Because that is the truth anyone can see it but if you are a fed lover it doesnt matter what he says or does it is okay.Even though if other players did the same thing you would be all over them.
     
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    I feel bad for Nadal Freak, he's like 0-80 against everyone.
     
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    I think any player has the right to complain about playing in darkness. I'm sure if Nadal had a similar situation you would feel totally different about it.
     
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  50. tlm

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    He wasnt playing in the dark, just like a couple of years ago when nadal kicked his ass.He was crying it is to dark wa wa wa, he is a big crybaby its that simple.
     
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