Organisers deny Federer given special treatment at Australian Open

Organisers deny Federer given special treatment at Australian Open

Organisers deny Federer given special treatment at Australian Open

The world No. 137 also suggested Federer's Laver Cup involvement is a conflict of interest as Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has numerous business dealings with Swiss management company Team8, who represent Federer.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley responded in a lengthy statement, insisting that six-time victor Federer's "box office" stature is behind the scheduling of his matches.

"I understand Julien's point because sometimes it does seem that maybe certain players get more favoured year after year in certain tournaments".

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.

"Sometimes, they ask me, "Asia wants you to play at night". But I asked to play on Monday at the US Open and I played on Tuesday night. 'Over the last two Australian Opens, (Federer) played 14 matches, because he was champion and finalist.

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A sort of mini-feud has surfaced between the freshly retired Julien Benneteau and Roger Federer, and you know the matter has crossed a certain threshold when the likes of People magazine start covering it. "It's all good. Sometimes I get help, sometimes I don't", said Federer.

"I don't think there's a tournament director in the world who's not going to take those factors into account when setting the schedule".

Federer was then asked whether his agent Tony Godsick had ever demanded Federer only be scheduled on Arthur Ashe court at the US Open - a claim reportedly made by Benneteau. 'I don't think a whole lot, to be honest, ' he said about the loss at the All England Club. I'd say the success of the Laver Cup has been seen as somewhat of a "disruptor" to the men's game.

The Austrian gave himself a lifeline for the competition, despite losing his first two matches, and could still make the semi-finals - only if Kevin Anderson beats Roger Federer in two sets later tonight and the Swiss wins fewer than five games.

Federer plays his final round-robin match Thursday.

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"I was growing in confidence and he sort of probably was going a little the other way".

Roger Federer beat Kevin Anderson in straight sets to qualify for the knockout stages of the ATP Finals and top Group Lleyton Hewitt.

"It's had more consequences than I thought. I hope I showed it". "Then as long as I don't feel like I'm taking a chance on my health prior to London (the ATP Finals), that's the key as well", Federer pointed out, adding that "I have to listen to the signs here this week". It was disappointing but it happens. Today, when highlights were showing from the last 10 years here at the O2, I really reminded myself again what a pleasure and what a privilege it is to play in this arena.

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