Roger Federer cruised into the fourth round of the US Open sweeping aside Britain’s No.2, Dan Evans, 6-2 6-2 6-1 and then took umbridge at suggestions he had received favourable treatment when it came to scheduling.
I was fatigued. I thought it was pretty tough. I was first up after playing yesterday, if I'm being brutally honest, so it was a bit disappointing Dan Evans
Evans had had only 18 hours to recover from a rain delayed match while the third seeded Federer had had a full day’s rest having completed his second-round match 24-hours earlier under the Arthur Ashe retractable roof.
Federer, who had shown a little frailty in his opening two matches when he lost the first sets, showed no weakness on this occasion blasting 48 winners in the 80-minute contest.
“I really enjoyed myself,” Federer said afterwards. “I was able to adjust and take care of business so it was good.”
But the 58th ranked Evans, who could only hit seven winners, took issue with the organisers.
“I was fatigued,” Evans said. “I thought it was pretty tough. I was first up after playing yesterday, if I’m being brutally honest, so it was a bit disappointing.
“Just to try and beat him feeling tired, stiff, playing four sets yesterday, it’s near on impossible, but I actually thought he played pretty much no-error tennis.
“I actually thought I was first on today because I had doubles,” Evans added. “I actually asked the ATP guy and that wasn’t the case. It would have been nice to be second or a night match. I’m not sure who plays Novak (Djokovic) but someone’s going to get the short straw and it was me.”
Five-time US Open champion Federer sympathized with Evans’ frustration.
“You could definitely argue the scheduling was not in his favour,” Federer said. “It’s not fair for me to play my match under the roof, get it done, sit back, relax the next day while he’s battling out a three-hour match. That’s tennis. It’s entertainment and the show must go on.
“I’ve lost maybe matches this way. I’ve won some. This time luck was on my side. There you have it. So, yeah, I understand if Danny is, like, a little bit frustrated.”
Federer however, resented the suggestion he had requested a day match as opposed to an evening one.
“I know there was questions to have a preference, but that doesn’t mean like, ‘Roger asks, Roger gets,'” said Federer. “Just remember that, because I have heard this shit too often now. I’m sick and tired of it, that apparently, I call the shots. The tournament and the TV stations do.”
Despite Federer’s explanation, Evans believed that organisers listened to the top guys. “That wouldn’t be the first time the higher-ranked player has had pull,” Evans said. “The tournament would rather Roger be going through that match than me so it’s understandable.”