Speaking in an interview with French outlet RMC Sport, retired Benneteau, who was beaten by Federer six times, hit out at the Swiss over his influence.

Benneteau claimed Federer put his involvement in the Laver Cup over the Davis Cup and then accused the International Tennis Federation of being “weak” in their handling of the two events.

Benneteau then highlighted a conflict of interest in Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley being involved in the Laver Cup and deciding Federer’s match schedule.

The recently retired French player also said Federer doesn’t know what tennis life is like for lesser players because of his “preferential treatment”.

But according to Sports Illustrated expert Jon Wertheim, Federer was not happy with Benneteau’s comments.

Wertheim says Federer “doesn’t care where or when he plays” and is most displeased by Benneteau’s comments becoming a story.

Federer was asked about Benneteau’s claims at last week’s ATP Finals and despite being reluctant to discuss the interview, he did issue a response.

Asked whether it was true that his agent Tony Godsick told US Open officials not to think about playing him on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium this year, Federer said: “I get asked, ‘Would you like to play Monday or Tuesday sometimes’.

“Sometimes I get asked, ‘Do you want to play day or night?’

“Sometimes they go ask the agent. Sometimes they ask me, you know, Asia wants you to play at night.

“Yes, sometimes we have our say. But I asked to play Monday at the US Open. I played Tuesday night.

“It’s all good, you know. I’ve had that problem for 20 years in the good way.

“Sometimes I get help, sometimes I don’t. I think there you have it.

“Yeah, sometimes they come ask, sometimes they don’t.

“But a lot of the facts are not right, just to be clear there, from what I heard.”

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