Madrid Masters tournament director Feliciano Lopez acknowledged it is “difficult to please everyone” following the criticism of Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic. Zverev finished his Madrid quarterfinal match at around 1am Saturday and started his semifinal match at 11pm on Saturday.
Finishing two matches late took a toll on Zverev, who won a total of four games in the final versus Carlos Alcaraz. “In the end it is very difficult to please everyone, we have been aware for some time that it is over late, that there are players, who, especially on the day of the semifinals, have a small disadvantage compared to the first to qualify,” Lopez said, per Sportskeeda.
“But there are commitments with international televisions that affect the schedule, the same as the men’s final is scheduled after the News of Spanish Television.”
Djokovic agrees with Zverev
After getting destroyed by Alcaraz in the final, Zverev ripped the ATP.
“Two days ago I went to bed at 4:30 am. Yesterday I went to bed at 5:20 am,” Zverev said. “If a normal person goes to bed one night at 4:00 am and the next night at 5:00 am, it will be difficult for them to be active.
And for me, playing a final against Alcaraz, the best player in the world today and in a Masters 1000, the next day, is difficult.” In Rome, Djokovic was asked about Zverev’s comments. Djokovic agreed that it is unacceptable to finish matches that late and go to sleep at 4am.
“You cannot end your semi-final match at 1am and play the final the following day,” Djokovic said. “I understand that they want to sell more tickets by scheduling a night session on Saturday, but it may cause problems.
The organisers should talk to players before making this kind of decisions. When I was the President of the Player’s Council several years ago, I tried to solve this issue. But still, nothing changed.”