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Joker blasts organisers
Despite taking his place in the men singles summit clash, Novak Djokovic blasted the organisers of the US Open for their scheduling of his matches...
Despite taking his place in the men singles summit clash, Novak Djokovic blasted the organisers of the US Open for their scheduling of his matches on Saturday and made it clear that he is no fan of the new Monday final programme debuting this year.
Djokovic unleashed his fury after advancing to his fourth consecutive US Open championship match and 12th Grand Slam final by defeating Swiss ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The 26-year-old Serbian, seeking his seventh Grand Slam title, started his semi-final match at noon after playing a late quarter-final.
Thursday night against Russian Mikhail Youzhny, the last of the quarter-final match-ups.
"I didn't find it very fair to play at 12 noon the first match and I went to bed at 3 am two days ago after my quarter-finals, where the other semi-finalists had three days off - basically three days agothey played the quarter-finals," Djokovic said.
The men's final was moved to Monday from Sunday this year in response to player complaints about it being scheduled the next day after Saturday semi-finals in prior years.
The US Open takes three days to play the first round of the men's singles, spreading the star attractions over more nights but forcing the choice of a Monday final or back-to-back semi-finals upon the players.
"I'm not in support of a Monday final, but this is what it is," Djokovic said. "It's better to have Monday final now when you have a Saturday semi-final than Sunday back-to-back five sets in two days like it was before." Adding to Djokovic's ire is next week's Serbian home Davis Cup tie against Canada starting in Belgrade on Friday.
"Monday finals don't go in the favour of the players who are playing Davis Cup, and I have been playing Davis Cup semi-finals for the last few years," said Djokovic.
But Djokovic does have plenty of experience with US Open finals on
Mondays. He won his 2011 US Open title on a Monday and lost the 2010
final to Nadal and last year's final to Britain's Andy Murray all on Mondays.