Following a straight set win over Marcel Granollers, Roger Federer commented on Rafael Nadal’s request to have Carlos Bernardes banned from umpiring the Spaniard’s matches.
Federer said it’s fine to put the request in, but even the very top players should not be receiving any special treatment in that regard.
“We have played almost a thousand matches, Rafa as well,’ Federer said. “So clearly with some umpires you are better off with some and some not. Then it’s okay also if umpires don’t have the best day. We understand that; it’s the same for us, you know. We are not in the best mood every day, as well.
“It goes back to the same thing that everybody is requesting things when they want to play. I want to play Tuesday, I want to play Monday, I want to play Sunday. The players understand that not every request can be granted. So at the end of the day, you can make a request, but it doesn’t mean you’re going to get it. I think that’s okay.
“I think everybody should be treated the same way.”
Federer pointed out that if everybody started requestion specific umpires, what a circus that would become.
Federer’s countryman Stan Wawrinka also spoke about this issue, admitted that he’s also put a request in.
“I have already made such request over a short period of time for direct problems and issues I had with the umpire,” Wawrinka said not indicating whether the request had been granted. “So when a player makes such a request, it should be granted only if the umpire has made mistakes or faults. If it’s just because you don’t like the person, this request should not be accepted.”
Next for Federer is a third round match Friday against Damir Dzumhur.
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