Federer not worried who is in the chair

Wed May 27, 2015 12:06pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

PARIS (Reuters) - Roger Federer does not fret about who umpires his matches and said on Wednesday all players should be treated equally by officials, whatever their ranking.

After the Swiss reached the third round of the French Open with a 6-2 7-6(1) 6-3 win over Spaniard Marcel Granollers, he had no complaints about court officials, his form or even security after Sunday's lapse when a fan ran on court for a selfie.

Defending champion Rafa Nadal confirmed on Tuesday that he had asked tournament officials not to have Brazilian umpire Carlos Bernardes in the chair for his matches after an incident in Rio de Janeiro this year.

Nadal's stance drew some veiled criticism from Federer's fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka who warned there was a danger that umpires would treat top players more leniently to ensure they were given top matches.

Asked for his opinion, the 33-year-old Federer said: "I try to really not focus on who is the umpire; try to focus on my game, so those kind of things don't creep in my head.

"I do not want to be treated differently. You're going to get angry or if you break a racket, you don't want to get a warning right away.

"All players should be treated equally. But then there are suspicions. I think you have to make things clear. I hope there are no bonuses.

"Big tournaments, umpires with a lot of experience, they know how to manage difficult situations.   Continued...

Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a shot to Marcel Granollers of Spain during their men's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, May 27, 2015.             REUTERS/Vincent Kessler