Roger Federer: The French Open Balls Are Not the Same, And That’s Frustrating [Video]
Third-seeded Roger Federer had no trouble this time around with Feliciano Lopez today in the first round at the French Open at Roland Garros, Paris. Federer, who saved a matchpoint in a three tiebreak thriller in Madrid earlier this month, cruised past Lopez today in straight sets 63 64 76(3).
Federer focused early in his interview on a hot topic of conversation, the new balls used at the French Open this year.
“That for us is the most frustrating part is that the tournaments all changed to the Roland Garros ball after last year,” Federer said. “Roland Garros has changed their balls again. Now we’re stuck with a different deal for all the different ATP Tour events. That is the frustrating part that we need to adjust before the French, different balls.”
Federer then talked about his current streak of playing 46 straight Grand Slam tournaments in a row.
“I just remember that I’ve not missed one, really, except maybe the one because qualifying then I think don’t count for the streak or they don’t interrupt them,” Federer said. “I got two wildcards here. Then was first out of the US Open, and then from then on I was in every main draw of the Grand Slams. Sometimes you’ve got to get lucky, and I’m sure I didn’t play all the Grand Slams, you know, feeling my very, very best, but at least I scheduled around it. So most likely I had a good chance to feel well.”
In the second round on Wednesday Federer will play Frenchman Maxime Teixeira. Federer won the French Open in 2009.
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