Dan Evans complianed for the scheduling, as he finished his second round match on Thursday at the US Open against Lucas Pouille at 5:00 PM and he came back on court to face Roger Federer on Friday at noon. The Swiss said: "Regardless of when he finished it was always going to be a competitive advantage for me.
So there you have it. Now, is it a big difference if we play at 12:00 or 2:00? Not really. But I think at some stage every hour might matter. We have these rules in place, you know, 16-hour rules from semis to finals nowadays because of that reason, that you have maybe not enough time to physically recover but also mentally recover, you know, from the whole, I want to get into the next round and try to play Roger, and then it's going to be a big match, and then you finally make it and then you have to get up for actually D match that you maybe were actually looking forward to."
Greg Rusedski claimed Federer asked to play as first match of the day but the Swiss added: "I don't remember that I asked for something. Yeah, yeah. It's maybe nice to be out of the sun, as well, I don't know, I thought.
But I definitely didn't do it intentionally. I don't even know if the team asked for day. I know there was questions to have a preference. But that doesn't mean like, "Roger asks, Roger gets." 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. We can give our opinion. That's what we do. But I'm still going to walk out even if they schedule me at 4:00 in the morning."