Daniil Medvedev has branded the scheduling of matches at the Olympics as 'a joke' after his first round win over Alexander Bublik.
The Russian got off to the perfect start in Tokyo, as he came through his tricky opener in straight sets.
However, it was also a battle, as reflected by the 6-4, 7-6 scoreline, and he said both players struggled in the heat, which was around 32 degrees when the match started around midday.
“I think, like they do in Mexico, the matches should maybe start at like 6pm because the heat actually gets much lighter,” Medvedev said.
“We’re here and we know the matches will be early and you couldn’t practise at this time.
"I don’t think they’re going to change it in the middle of the tournament, but that’s what can be done and the fact we have only one minute between changeovers is a joke.
“I think if you ask 200 tennis players here, I think 195 will say it is a joke and it should be 1:30 like it is in Asian tournaments.
“Where I live in summer in Cannes can be really hot, I’m not going to lie, but you have to play.
"That’s the Olympics, you go for the medal. You’re not here to cry about heat, it was really tough for both of us.”
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