Novak Djokovic dismisses 'disturbing' Roger Federer favouritism claims

Novak Djokovic leaps to Roger Federer's defence in favouritism row

Novak Djokovic leaps to Roger Federer's defence in favouritism row

ATP Finals (Sun - Sun 11.11 - 11.18) - Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and the world's best collide in the season Finale.

The French veteran felt Federer's reputation meant he was granted his preference to play in the evening session to avoid the blistering Melbourne heat and offered the Swiss' matches at the last two Australian Opens as evidence. I'm happy that I'm raising my level of play throughout this week. "And he played 12 or 13 of them in the night session", Benneteau told France's RMC Sport.

Current World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has spoken up in defence of his rival.

Anderson's final group match is against Federer on Thursday, while Nishikori faces Thiem.

The achievement makes Anderson the first African in the men's singles semi-finals of this event, which dates back to 1970 under several different names. "He has no idea what that's like".

"At the end of the day, in a way he deserves the special treatment because he's six-time champion of Australian Open and arguably the best player ever", Djokovic said.

But Tiley, responding in a lengthy statement, insisted that six-time victor Federer's "box office" stature is behind the scheduling of his matches.

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. And I don't think there's a tournament director in the world who's not going to take those factors into account when setting the schedule.

"I get asked, 'Would you like to play Monday or Tuesday?' sometimes". The likeliest semi-final line-up is Djokovic v Anderson and Federer v Alexander Zverev, but John Isner may yet upset the German's chances in the Friday afternoon match.

"This year, the US Open was inaugurating the new Louis Armstrong Court, and it seems that Tony Godsick went to the umpire's office to in effect say 'No way are you scheduling him here!' It is normal that he should have privileges but there has been a slight excess". People want to see him play on the centre court, and they want to see him play in showtime, the best hours, which is 7:30 at night in Rod Laver Arena. It's all good. Sometimes I get help, sometimes I don't. "[It will] make me go insane because it should be something I'm excited about and not something I should feel extra pressure". "I just wanted to show to myself and all the spectators the real Dominic Thiem".

Roger Federer insists he isn't thinking about the opportunity of winning his 100th career title after he progressed to the semi-finals of the ATP Finals in London. "But I don't really feel in the mood during the World Tour Finals to discuss that topic, to be honest".

The Swiss was speaking to reporters after he put a troubled start to his 16th ATP Finals behind him by outclassing Austria's Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-3 on Tuesday.

Federer walked out into a jam-packed O2 Arena knowing any repeat of his insipid performance against Nishikori could result in an ignominious early exit. I played some very good tennis today. But I think I saw it too negative.