In a rare outburst, the Swiss made an exception when, during a post-match press conference, he was asked if he had requested ET lunch to give less time to the 58th-ranked Evans with less recovery time after three hours last Thursday's match that ended around 6:00 pm New York time.
Evans and Lucas Puglius – both Federer's two practice partners in the past – were forced to compete in the second round on Thursday instead of Wednesday because of rain, while the 20-time grand champion was one of the few to take advantage of the game. under the roof two days ago.
The 38-year-old – still the largest card for drawing in sports – thus had the usual day off in specialties between rounds.
"I don't remember asking for anything," Federer told reporters. "Maybe it's nice to be out of the sun, I don't know either, I thought. But I definitely didn't do it deliberately. I don't even know if the team asked for a day. I know there were questions to be preferred.
" But that's not means, "Roger asks, Roger receives." Just don't forget that, because I've heard this s ** t all too often now.
"I'm sick and tired of calling the shots. The tournament and the television stations do it. We can give our opinion. That's what we do. But I will still go out, even if they plan me at 4 in the morning. "
Evans is one of the brightest, if flawed, talents of the game. For years, he admitted that he failed to get into the hard work, participated too much for professional tennis and was banned in 201
But he can really play, one of the reasons Federer invited the 29-year-old to train in the Swiss mountains in April before the clay swing.
And when they met on hard courts at the Australian Open in January, Federer won at point sen triseter, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-3.
Little remained for Evans
Evans said that on Friday he had little left, he had to
"He was completely fresh, and I was fighting yesterday, he didn't get out of here until he probably went on 6, just finished polar opposites, right?" Evans told the press conference. And it's just trying to beat him, feeling tired, chained, playing four sets yesterday, it's almost impossible.
"I actually thought I was the first one today because I have doubles. I actually asked the ATP guy and it wasn't like that.
" It would be nice to have a second or night match. But … somebody will take the short straw and that was me. "
And Federer didn't try to hide from the fact that it was difficult for Evans.
" You could definitely argue that the schedule is not to his advantage, "Federer said." But it's not fair to play my match under the roof anyway, finish it, sit down, relax the next day while it beats a four-hour or three-hour match, whatever it is, against Poyle. the problem is already starting there.
"This is tennis. This is fun and the show must go on. I lost maybe matches that way. This time I won. Luck was on my side. You have it.
"So, yes, I understand if Danny is a little disappointed."
Federer's demolition work got him back on track after losing his first set in the first and second round – the first time this happened to him in his record-setting grand career.
Serina wins, but how will Djokovic respond?
But how will Novak Djokovic answer the question with his left shoulder on Wednesday? Djokovic – the men's favorite of the tournament – plays American Denis Kudla in the night session.
Kudla, similar of Evans, a four-set game against Serbian Djokovic fellow Dusan Lajovic,
Speaking for a record-breaking career, Serina Williams also reached the fourth round thanks to a commanding 6-3, 6-2 victory over Wimbledon quarterback Caroline Muchova. .
Williams – once again – is bidding for the 24th Grand Slam title, which will put the American on par with Margaret Court for the all-time leader. Her next challenger is Petar Martic in Croatia, one of the performers on the tour.
Williams' conqueror in last year's controversial final, Naomi Osaka, faces the latest sensation of tennis – Coco Gauf, in a much-anticipated clash on Saturday.