Tim Henman reveals he heard 'alarm bells' when Roger Federer said THIS
ROGER FEDERER struggling in the heat at the US Open set alarm bells ringing in Tim Henman’s head when the Swiss complained about the playing conditions.
Tennis icon Federer was defeated in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows, and fans were stunned to see the usually ice-cool competitor struggling with the heat.
‘The Fed Express’ was derailed by John Millman, and afterwards the 37-year-old stated that he was unable to get any air whilst playing.
Temperatures soared to 30C as Federer crashed out of the tournament.
In his post-match interview, Federer explained that he was struggling to breathe on court.
“One of those nights where I felt I couldn't get air. There was no circulation at all. For some reason I just struggled in the conditions. It’s one of the first times it’s happened to me.” Federer stated.
“It’s uncomfortable. Clearly you just keep on sweating more and more and more and more as the match goes on. You lose energy as it goes by.”
These comments came as a shock to Henman, who suggested that a rule change could be brought in to counter incidents like these.
Federer was blasted with a fan as he took a break between services (Image: GETTY)
“When you hear the dialogue that's coming from the players and someone like Federer saying he got to the stage where he was happy the match was over, then that raises alarm bells for me,” Henman explained.
"I've always been against the heat rule because I feel the physicality is an important part of a player's armoury, and the ones that have prepared better, trained better, will reap the rewards.”
The 2018 US Open was one of the most eventful grand slams in living memory, with arguments about umpiring, clothing and the way tennis copes with extreme heat.
This year’s US Open was the first time an extreme heat policy had been introduced by the US Tennis Association.
The policy stated that male players can request a 10-minute break in-between the third and fourth set, whilst female players can request a break after the second set.
Federer complained about the heat after losing to Australian John Millman (Image: GETTY)
During the first round alone at this year’s tournament, five male players retired citing heat-related issues.
The Australian Open, which takes place in January, has an extreme heat policy of its’ own, which can allow the umpire to suspend play once heat exceeds 40C.
Federer is expected to return to the court for the Shanghai Masters, where players will again be forced to deal with the extreme heat, as temperatures in the city regularly hit mid-30s in October.