Federer is driving force for tennis in terms of revenue, attention: Djokovic

Roger Federer beat Marin Cilic in this year’s Australian Open final

"It's amongst the best I've played".

"I really wanted to play better today and that's what I did. And he played 12 or 13 of them in the night session", Benneteau told France's RMC Sport. Federer was also defended by current world no.1 Novak Djokovic. They played at 2.30pm, in 104 degrees.

Despite losing to Swiss great Roger Federer on Thursday night, South Africa's Kevin Anderson is through to the last-four of the ATP Finals.

"It's normal that he gets preferential treatment, with everything he's done".

"I was just not happy at the end of the tournament in Australia because they changed the rules, "Cilic said. He has no idea what that's like". Depending on how the result of the match between Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem goes, it's possible both Federer and Anderson can make it to Saturday's semis here, as the top two in each group go through to the knockout stage of the tournament.

But Federer was supported by world number one Novak Djokovic on Monday, with his rival suggesting the six-time Australian Open victor had actually earned the right to "special treatment" for all the good he has done for the sport.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley also released a statement saying the scheduling of Federer's matches for the evening was a response to fan demand to watch a "once-in-a-generation athlete", rather than any desire to cater to the game's biggest attraction.

Benneteau also criticised Tiley's involvement with Federer's management company in organising the Laver Cup event, suggesting that arrangements between the pair created a conflict of interest. "I don't think there is a tournament director in the world who doesn't take those factors into account when setting the schedule".

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"I get asked, 'Would you like to play Monday or Tuesday?' sometimes".

The six-time champion at the season-ending event impressed with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Kevin Anderson to top Group Lleyton Hewitt and earn a measure of revenge for his five-set defeat against the South African at Wimbledon.

In a dramatic first set there was still time for Federer to nearly let Anderson back in, falling to 0-40 at 5-4, but the 20-time Grand Slam champion showed his mettle to save all three break points and close out the set, confirming his place in the semifinals. Sometimes, we have our say.

Federer said: 'I'm very happy, I didn't play well against Kei and had my back against the wall.

A sort of mini-feud has surfaced between the freshly retired Julien Benneteau and Roger Federer, and you know the matter has crossed a certain threshold when the likes of People magazine start covering it. It's all good. Sometimes I get help, sometimes I don't. "I won't let that get in my head", he said.

"These round robin formats are not straight-forward you feel like you can lose a match and still go on".

Thiem, who came into his final round-robin match at London's O2 Arena with two defeats - against Anderson and Federer, beat Nishikori 6-1, 6-4 in the afternoon session. 'I don't think a whole lot, to be honest, ' he said about the loss at the All England Club.

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