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Roger Federer speaks about the Venus Sania match controversy

Roger gives his opinion on the ATP/WTA court scheduling....(credit to onewoman74 from Menstennisforums)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080121...NZzYXrgz5Mz7QF

Women's tennis match should have moved to avoid midnight farce: Federer

by Robert Smith Mon Jan 21, 4:52 AM ET

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Roger Federer says a women's match should have been moved on centre court to prevent the farcical circumstances that led to the latest finish in Grand Slam history at the Australian Open.

Ramifications continued Monday over the organisers' decision to schedule a midnight start to a third round match between former finalists Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis that ended at 4:33am (1733 GMT) Sunday.

Hewitt won in five sets in four and three-quarter hours, giving his fourth round opponent, third seed Novak Djokovic, the benefit of an extra night's rest.

Tournament director Craig Tiley said he had consulted with Venus Williams and Sania Mirza on the possibility of moving their preceding match off centre court to allow for an earlier start to the men's match, but they refused.

The Herald Sun newspaper claimed Williams and Mirza were involved in an 25-minute "running row" with Tiley over the issue.

Federer, who with 12 Grand Slams is ranked by some as the greatest player of all-time, was asked, hypothetically, at a press conference if he would have moved his match if he had been requested to do so in a similar situation.

"I'm a pretty relaxed guy. Look, I don't ask for much in tournaments. If I ask for something they (organisers) know it's for real and they trust me, whatever," he said.

"But if they would come and tell me, 'You've got to move'. Honestly, I think the players shouldn't have too much of a say.

"We're happy to be playing here and we're happy they're putting us on Rod Laver Arena. Is it bad to be on Vodafone Arena? I don't think so. It's still a wonderful court.

"I'm not going after the ladies, I'm just saying I would be pretty relaxed and I would accept anything they would have done with me really at that stage.

"Really it happens so rarely that sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and you have to go through those things."

Federer said he also advocates an earlier start to night session matches to minimise the possibility of early morning finishes which disadvantage winners for their ensuing matches.

"I think we should maybe start the night sessions an hour earlier," he said.

"Instead of 7:30pm, why not 6:30pm? I'm not the mastermind behind everything. But I do agree sometimes the matches do start too late for us.

"That's what you get when you want to put women's and men's matches at the same time."

The reason matches at Melbourne Park start at 7.30pm is primarily to satisfy television interests.

Williams was reluctant to answer questions on the issue Monday, but defended the decision not to move her match off centre court.

"I think it wasn't just me. It was Sania Mirza also. Both of us wanted to play our match as scheduled, which is a normal thing to want," she said.

"So I think the tournament did a good job of recognizing the schedule. Everyone was dealing with the circumstances, all of the players, not just one. So we all did the best that we could."

Hewitt's match was running so late on Saturday because Federer was unexpectedly taken to five sets in an earlier match on centre court that ran to over four hours.

Tiley has insisted that giving the green light for the midnight start was the right thing to do, although the decision has been widely criticised in the media.

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Federer is quickly catching up to Pete as my most despised male player.

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fedtard needs to shut the fuck up, if it wasn't for his sorry ass who's struggling to win his match, this wouldn't have happened.
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fedtard needs to shut the fuck up, if it wasn't for his sorry ass who's struggling to win his match, this wouldn't have happened.
LOL so true.

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fedtard needs to shut the fuck up, if it wasn't for his sorry ass who's struggling to win his match, this wouldn't have happened.
If you want to put any blame on anyone for that match it's EVERYONE.

Because EVERYONE put Novak, Ivanovic, and Jankovic on a pedestal last year and just totally forgot about Tipsy.

So when he had his chance to shine, guess what he did?
He shone.

Now everyone knows who he is and he didn't get the sponserships like the other three so they could leave and then come back.
He had to work hard to get to where he is.

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So both Roger and Venus have spoken. Now it's time for changes to be made....end of story!

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Completely fair comments from Federer. What would have been the big deal if Venus and Sania had to play on Vodafone? I don't get why they were so opposed to it.
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If you want to put any blame on anyone for that match it's EVERYONE.

Because EVERYONE put Novak, Ivanovic, and Jankovic on a pedestal last year and just totally forgot about Tipsy.

So when he had his chance to shine, guess what he did?
He shone.
That he did!

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who is federer ? he's not organizing the tournament so shut up ! yet i'm a lleyton fan.
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Roger remains the diplomat as always.

I fail to understand how his comments could upset anyone.
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Completely fair comments from Federer. What would have been the big deal if Venus and Sania had to play on Vodafone? I don't get why they were so opposed to it.
why wouldn't it be a big deal? They were waiting all day for Fedtard to finish his match and if they were moved to Vodafone, they still have to continue waiting because the match over at Vodafone hasn't finished yet.
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no disrepect to Fed (who I love), but I doubt he's been asked or will be asked to move his match.

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If you want to put any blame on anyone for that match it's EVERYONE.

Because EVERYONE put Novak, Ivanovic, and Jankovic on a pedestal last year and just totally forgot about Tipsy.

So when he had his chance to shine, guess what he did?
He shone.

Now everyone knows who he is and he didn't get the sponserships like the other three so they could leave and then come back.
He had to work hard to get to where he is.
lolz, you don't answer, but nice way to stand up for Tispy.

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Roger remains the diplomat as always.

I fail to understand how his comments could upset anyone.
I don't either but you know how it is.
Any comment that even hints anything against Venus, there's an uproar from a certain portion of crazed fans.

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Federer is the man, haha.
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