I applaud Lleyton for his mature approach to the whole scheduling debacle. A lot of people here will never admit it, but he's matured tremendously in recent years, and he should be given credit for it. Here's a portion of his interview after his loss:
Q. I know it's a difficult subject, but the lateness of the hour in your previous match, do you think, all things being taken into consideration ‑ it's always easier with hindsight ‑ but do you think Grand Slam tennis should start, matches should start that late in the day, taking all the elements out of it? A big match in a big tournament like this...
LLEYTON HEWITT: At the French and Wimbledon obviously you don't have to worry, so it's only here and New York, two out of the four, that it's even possible.
Yeah, it's not ideal. But then again, you know, backing up the next day's not ideal either. So, you know, what's better? I don't know.
Yeah, obviously Ferrero and Ferrer had to back up and play two days in a row. We've done that at Wimbledon. It's not the easiest thing to do.
So, yeah, obviously it throws your body clock out a little bit more, you know, finishing so late. But, you know, what's better? I'm not sure.
Q. Do you blame the late night for the loss? Simple as that.
LLEYTON HEWITT: No, absolutely not. He was too good tonight.