The second round Australian Open match between Johanna Konta and Garbine Muguruza finished on Friday at 3:12 AM was one of the most popular topics during the first-week tournament. In a press conference, Roger Federer was asked what he thinks about late night matches.
The Swiss sees more positives than negatives in it. 'What do you want me to tell you? I think for the people in the stadium, there was a few, you know, they were happy', said Federer. 'People on the TV, they were still happy that tennis was going on.
Is it ideal? No, it's not. But sometimes what can you do if you schedule a match at, especially a men's match before, and that thing goes, you know, four, five hours, and it can happen, you know, as we saw also with Zverev and Chardy, they played that great match.
I don't know what other choices you have. I mean, you could move them on an outside court, but then the atmosphere might be quite sad, you know if you put them on the outside court. So I think it is what it is, and they also played a long match.
You just deal with it. You move on. You know that's not going to happen again. They're going to try to help you out with scheduling the next time that you play maybe later in the evening again, so you stay somewhat in that rhythm.
So I think the tournament tries to accommodate that kind of situation. I also went, after the first day, I didn't even finish so late, but I also went to bed at 3:15 or 3:30. It's just what we do. I think as tennis players you have to be flexible, especially in the head.
We don't know if we play at 11:00 or 1:00 or super late. It's not like a team sport where you know the kick-off time is at a certain time. We are used to playing three times in the juniors in a day. This is part of our lives and we actually like it like this.
There is no solution, I think.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title