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Federer angry at tournament security

Roland Garros started on a solid Sunday day in which the Swiss Roger Federer was in charge of shining it and he did it on the track with a resounding victory overshadowed in the end, when a fan jumped to try to take a “selfie” with him. number two in the world.

The incident did not happen to majors, but the rude reaction of the Helvetian raised it to the category of affront and forced the tournament director to go down to the media field to apologize.

Federer had not trembled on the court to defeat Colombian Alejandro Falla (6-3, 6-3, 6-4) who has not won any of the six duels, but at the end of the match his face twisted. A young man had jumped the security cordon and approached with a camera in his hand.

He was close to the tennis player, but an agent managed to reduce him before he got the snapshot. But Federer reopened the incident to reporters.

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“I’m not happy at all, but nothing,” remarked the number two in the world, to whom the apologies of the tournament director did not help him show his anger.

“It is true that nothing has happened, but it is a situation that one does not want to experience,” said the tennis player, who recalled that something similar happened to him the day before with three children when he was training and that he did not hesitate to talk about the Monica Seles case, stabbed in Hamburg in 1993.

The incident reached its maximum dimensions when the tournament director had to show his face to recognize an “appreciation error”, to then send a message of calm and ensure that the device is “sufficient”.

The event marked the first day of the Grand Slam in Paris which, from a sporting point of view, did not experience shocks. Those who the ranking showed as favorites won.

Federer will face Spaniard Marcel Granollers, who beat German qualifier Matthias Bachinger 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(7).

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The Japanese Kei Nishikori also won, five in the world, who did not have many problems to beat the French veteran Paul-Henri Mathieu, invited by the organizers and who fell 6-3, 7-5, 6-1.

Or the also Swiss Stan Wawrinka, who after beating Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 also took it against the organizers in the press room.

On this occasion because the official website of the tournament had published details of his personal life, which caused the anger of the Swiss, who called it “shit”.

“I hope that whoever wrote all that is not a journalist. And I hope that the person who controls the veracity of the facts does not work for the tournament anymore, ”cried the player who did not seem happy to have overcome a round in which he had fallen the previous year.

The eighth seed will play Serbian Dusan Lajovic, who beat Argentinian Máximo González 6-3, 6-3, 6-1.

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The Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and the Latvian Ernests Gulbis also won, fourteenth and twenty-fourth favorites, respectively.

The only relative surprise came from the Spanish Guillermo García López, seeded 26, defeated by the American Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-3, 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-3 in three hours and match average.

Eighth finalist last year at Roland Garros, where he eliminated Wawrinka from the start, who came with the halo of having won the Australian Open, García López was unable to complete a comeback that he undertook against Johnson and was knocked out despite the great season he was completing.

In the women’s draw, the Romanian Simona Halep, third in the world, was the player with the highest ranking on Sunday and resolved her duel against the Russian Evgeniya Rodina without too much complicity, 7-5, 6-4.

Serbian Ana Ivanovic, winner in 2008, had more problems and needed three sets to beat Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova 4-6, 6-2, 6-0. EFE

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