Julian Benneteau, against Roger Federer in an interview with a French radio. He said the Swiss tennis player had a favorable treatment at the Autralia Open.
"In the second last Opening in the United States, Federer played 14 games, because in one he was a champion and in another final. And 12 or 13 played them in the night session," said the French at the interview.
He argued his theory with an example
"On the same day Federer played against Jan-Lennard Struff and Djokovic against Monfils. In writing, any turning director would have given this game in the evening session, but no, they played at 14:30 to 40 degrees. The Federer-Stuff was played at night. "
Federer and Benneteau greet each other after a gameGetty Images
Benneteau claimed conflicts of interest between Federer and Craig Tiley, Australian Opening Director, as he was also part of the Swiss-promoted Laver Cup.
The current one number, Novak Djokovic, was asked for these statements, after his unexpected victory (6-4 and 6-3) against John Isner in the ATP Final,
"Federer deserves special treatment, because he is an Australian Open Champion six and possibly the best player at all times." Novak said definitely.
"If he does not have that privilege, who will get it? The fans want to see him play at the center court, at the best times, when at 7:30 am Rod Laver Arena. "
"I understand Julien's point of view, because of many times it's a feeling that some players are favored year by year in some tournaments"
"On the other hand, we must understand that Federer is a power to denounce, in terms of revenue and public interest," Djokovic ended.
The American John Isner was also thinking about him and responded in the same line as Djokovic.
"Tennis players such as Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic should have more privilege if possible. These men are the best players, they have made a lot of money for other tennis players."
"It's similar to the impact of Tiger Woods in golf. Roger deserves everything and much more than to be."