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US Open 2019: Roger Federer sick and tired of preferential treatment talk

first_img Reuters New YorkAugust 31, 2019UPDATED: August 31, 2019 07:51 IST US Open 2019: Roger Federer progressed to the fourth round, beating Dan Evans in straight sets (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFederer said he is sick and tired of complaints over favourable scheduleI have heard this shit too often now. I am sick and tired of it: FedererFederer defeated Evans 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 to reach R16 at US OpenRoger Federer said he is sick and tired of complaints that he receives a favourable playing schedule after his latest US Open victim suggested on Friday the five-times champion gets preferential treatment.Federer began day session on Arthur Ashe Stadium against Briton Dan Evans, who because of rain earlier in the week did not finish his second-round match until Thursday afternoon.Evans looked tired from the outset of his third-round loss to Federer, who completed his previous match under a closed roof on Wednesday, but the Swiss great said his team did not demand an early start time but were asked if they had a preference.”That doesn’t mean like, ‘Roger asks, Roger gets.’ Just remember that, because I have heard this shit too often now,” said Federer. “I’m sick and tired of it, that apparently I call the shots. The tournament and the TV stations do.”We can give our opinion. That’s what we do. But I’m still going to walk out even if they schedule me at 4:00 in the morning.”Federer, who is seeking a record-extending 21st Grand Slam title, also pointed out that whatever time Evans finished his second-round match he was always going to be at a disadvantage.Luck was on my side: FedererStill, the 38-year-old Swiss said he understood Evans’ frustration at the quick turnaround but was not about to apologise for something that was out of his control.”That’s tennis. It’s entertainment, and the show must go on,” Federer said after his 6-2 6-2 6-1 win. “Luck was on my side. There you have it. So, yeah, I understand if Danny is, like, a little bit frustrated.”advertisementWhile Evans admitted that Federer was simply too good, he also pointed out that he was trying to beat the Swiss while tired a day after a four-set match was “near on impossible.”Evans also suggested that there are about three players who have a say in when they play their matches and when asked if his team requested a later timeslot, he shot back and asked if a player ranked 58th would actually have a say in the matter.When told there was a suggestion that Federer requested that match time, Evans did not seem all that surprised.”That wouldn’t be the first time the higher-ranked player has had pull,” said Evans. “But also, the tournament… would rather Roger be going through that match than me, so it’s understandable.”Evans is not the first to moan about the subject.Last year Frenchman Julien Benneteau caused a stir when he accused tournament referees of being kinder to Federer when it came to scheduling matches.He felt the Swiss’s status meant organisers at events such as the Australian Open would regularly schedule Federer’s matches during the night session so that he would avoid the scorching temperatures.But there were plenty of players, including world number one Novak Djokovic, who leapt to Federer’s defence.”He deserves the special treatment because… (he’s) arguably the best player ever,” Djokovic said last November.”If he doesn’t have it, who is going to have it? 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.”Sometimes it does seem that maybe certain players get more favoured… On the other side, you have to understand that Federer is a driving force of tennis in terms of revenue, in terms of attention.”American John Isner said the likes of Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal should get even more privileges.”If anything, maybe they should get more special treatment because those guys… have made other players below them a lot of money.”Roger… He is men’s tennis in my opinion. He deserves everything and more that he’s ever had.”Also Read | US Open 2019: Roger Federer strolls into Round of 16, Rafael Nadal gets walkoverAlso Read | US Open: Serena Williams, Ashleigh Barty advance to next round, Kei Nishikori crashes outAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Roger FedererFollow US Open 2019Follow Dan EvansFollow Novak Djokovic Next US Open 2019: Roger Federer sick and tired of preferential treatment talkRoger Federer’s latest victim Dan Evans was frustrated as he stepped on the court to face the Swiss great on Friday, hours after finishing his second-round match that was delayed due to rain earlier in the week.advertisementlast_img read more

The 2019 Mazda CX5 Has a Secret Mode Every Driver Will Love

What are “Easter eggs”? Besides the colored treat that comes along every April, they are those snippets at the end of a movie’s credits when a scene previews next year’s blockbuster. They’re the bonus track at the end of an album if you just wait a few seconds longer. They’re messages hidden in a piece of art.And they’re buried deep in the computer logic of Mazda CX-5, waiting for you to find them. What sort of Easter eggs, you might wonder? How about a new “off-road” mode in CX-5’s i-Activ all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, designed especially for loose surfaces and deeply rutted trails off the beaten path. We’re going to tell you how to find Mazda’s latest Easter egg.MAZDA’S MIND-READER OF AN AWD SYSTEMThe key challenge of an AWD system is figuring out exactly how much torque—rotational force—to send to the rear wheels at every instant.Use too little when the conditions are slippery, and front tires lose grip, robbing the driver of control. Use too much when the conditions are grippy, and fuel economy and handling both suffer. The penalties for getting it wrong—and the rewards for getting it right—can change in an instant with both road conditions and the driver’s intentions. For an AWD system to get it right all the time, it needs to be able to sense both the road and the driver and predict what torque split is required before the driver can feel a loss of traction.That sensing comes from data the car already has. The electric power steering knows exactly how hard you’re turning the steering wheel, for example, and since steering effort gets lighter on slippery surfaces, the CX-5 can use that information to measure the surface grip. The stability control system is already closely watching the speed of all four wheels, and if one tire starts going faster, the i-Activ AWD knows how slippery the surface must be to allow that slip and can correct it before the driver would even feel it.The system uses indirect sensing, too, watching the outside temperature to see if it’s cold enough that ice or snow are possible and watching the wipers to know if it’s raining.In total, Mazda’s i-Activ AWD system samples 27 channels of data 200 times per second to paint a composite of what the road looks like, sending power forward or rearward before the driver and passengers sense any slip, whereas many vehicles with reactive systems allow a momentary feeling of uneasiness, sliding along on a slippery surface, before power is routed to the rear wheels.The name i-Activ AWD was created to explain what the system does, with the “i” standing for “intelligent,” also complementing Mazda’s holistic suite of safety technologies called “i-Activsense.”TURN OFF TRACTION CONTROL TO UNLOCK OFF-ROAD MODEWhile most of the time a crossover may never leave the pavement, it’s not to say that it won’t ever. Families go camping; sometimes, drivers just make turns down a road less traveled. A crossover SUV is capable, but our engineers are always looking to stretch that capability even further.When all four wheels are on the ground, i-Activ AWD is so good at controlling front/rear torque split that it doesn’t need a special off-road mode. If conditions are so slick that it needs to lock the torque coupling completely, it can do that, automatically, in a fraction of a second.In rare cases on uneven paths when a wheel could leave the ground, i-Activ AWD will sense that wheelspin and lock the torque coupling so the front and rear wheels go the same speed.But on especially rough terrain, this might not be enough. Imagine a wobbly restaurant table with a matchbook wedged under its short leg to keep it from rocking. If you take that matchbook out, the air under that table leg is like the air under your tire in that diagonal twist. Now, what happens when the table rocks, and that leg comes down? The opposite leg goes up. The same thing happens in a diagonal twist. If one tire comes off the ground, the opposite tire also comes off the ground, or at least gets very light.So even if the torque coupling that drives power to the axles forces the front and rear tires go to the same speed, if one front tire and one rear tire are in the air, those airborne tires can still spin freely. To stop them, we have to use the traction control system to apply the brakes to the spinning tires, forcing torque over to the tires that are on the ground.In any other situation, we want the traction control system to apply the brakes as smoothly as possible, so there’s no interruption in the driver’s control of the car. But in situations where an abrupt power shift is necessary—like this diagonal twist off-road situation—pressing the “TCS OFF” button actually switches the CX-5 to a mode that simulates locking differentials via the brakes, sending power to the wheels on the ground.Much as most every modern crossover SUV, a full off-road-style locking differential that equally transfers power at low speeds to all four wheels is heavy and inefficient. However, with its trick technology, the net effect of the CX-5’s clever i-Activ AWD is that, like the rest of the vehicle, it helps the CX-5 punch far above its weight.SIMPLE AS THATIn constantly striving to make vehicles better to satisfy customer needs and wants, CX-5 has adopted an innovative solution that makes it just as athletic on rough roads as it is on the cleanest stretches of canyon curves.And now you know how to unlock it.Just press a button. [ Close ] read more