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I moaned about this during the US hard court Masters last year, so it seems only fair to do it here too:

Rome QFs today:
1st match: noon
2nd match: 2 pm
3rd match: 4 pm
4th match ... 9 pm!

Worse still is that the matches alternate between halves of the draw, so the winners of the 2nd and 4th matches will play each other tomorrow, with one having probably 7 hours' less recovery time than the other. This must surely be a distinct disadvantage to Nadal/Wawrinka.

To my mind, they should at least have had the two matches from one half one after the other, and then the two from the other half.
 

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Worse still is that the matches alternate between halves of the draw, so the winners of the 2nd and 4th matches will play each other tomorrow, with one having probably 7 hours' less recovery time than the other. This must surely be a distinct disadvantage to Nadal/Wawrinka.

To my mind, they should at least have had the two matches from one half one after the other, and then the two from the other half.
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It is an extremely odd order of play for today. But you also have to factor in the different time zones around the world. 4pm Rome time might be an acceptable time for Japanese viewers.
?? OP wasn't talking about TV coverage or matches being played too early/too late to be watched..

@Tipic: it's not the first and it won't be the last time that the sheduling is unfair. But then again it always is to a certain degree.

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Scheduling on Masters and Slams is always ridiculous and in most cases is made in order to give advantage to Federer, Nadal and home players, and disadvantage to Djokovic. Not an accident.
 

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As long as the winner of Rafa vs. Stan plays the 2nd match on Saturday, there shouldn't be a problem. He then will have enough rest.
 

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Scheduling on Masters and Slams is always ridiculous and in most cases is made in order to give advantage to Federer, Nadal and home players, and disadvantage to Djokovic. Not an accident.
Masters scheduling is worse, especially as there is no day off between semis and finals. It really is unfair that the Rafa-Stan match is so late, whereas, Feder's match was very early which gives him much more time to recover than Stan or Rafa.
 

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Masters scheduling is worse, especially as there is no day off between semis and finals. It really is unfair that the Rafa-Stan match is so late, whereas, Feder's match was very early which gives him much more time to recover than Stan or Rafa.
The same could be aid for Novak vs Ferrer, since obviously that SF will be earlier tomorrow. Unfair to Novak (or Nishikori :haha:)
 

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Yes, now Rafa probably will be tired tomorrow like a normal human being would.

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...sorry I can't keep a straight face
 

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Nadal has been playing in the most comfortable time

Spain decide always time for Nadal

Madrid is more Ridiculous.


You can go to examine the Rome of the players and the time of the past few years

Nabull has been playing in the most early time
 

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The same could be aid for Novak vs Ferrer, since obviously that SF will be earlier tomorrow. Unfair to Novak (or Nishikori :haha:)

and then same thing could be said for the Finals. That first Semi vs Ferrer will probably be over in 2 sets, then the late match between Fed vs Nadal/Stan could be a 3 setter with limited rest before the Finals next day.
 

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How do you get rid of unfair scheduling when a tournament has night matches for most of the tournament but then all day matches for SF and/or F? Whoever plays at night will be disadvantaged.
 

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Scheduling only a problem when it disadvantages Nadal, no?
 

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Yeah they bring it to Nadal. It's not about A player B player or C player's fitness or recovery.

We are talking about principles and fairness. QF's of same SF should never be 2 pm and 9 pm. You agree or not? If not, there is no point to talk. Thanks.

I agreed about Madrid idiotic scheduling, but you are not consistent with your thoughts here, just because one particular player.
 

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And guess who is playing at 19:30 :rolls:

Sharapova and Azarenka will have at minimum 3 hours match ... :haha:
 
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