Roger Federer defends event organisers following player backlash

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

- Roger Federer showed his full-on championship form Thursday, but Stan Wawrinka was felled by a post-surgery knee as the Swiss former Australian Open champions split the difference in the second round.

"Walking out here. being back here in Melbourne is an wonderful feeling and hopefully I can keep it going a little bit longer".

"I feel the pain but I didn't think about it".

Roger Federer has faced many tough opponents on the tennis court throughout his historic career. "I run around the backhand presently", he said.

Yet we always end up debating and deliberating whether players should have been allowed to compete in such weather, and whether the Australian Open organisers have the competitors' best interest at heart.

Twelve-time grand slam victor Novak Djokovic and Frenchman Gael Monfils called for officials to take action in extreme heat, after playing out a treacherous match on Rod Laver Arena on Thursday.

"If you want to get to the top, you've got to play in all conditions", Federer said after players sweated it out searing heat.

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"Ron would probably tell Jim to be a little more inebriated in his postmatch interviews", he said.

Comedian Will Ferrell's trip down under to the Australian Open may have ignited a festering ambition to star in a tennis movie. "We know it can be very hot here in Australia".

"The moment that happens, there's not the same increases any more, so players have to rally, get back together again, put in the effort."The Grand Slams know that".

Federer backed the stance, saying that the current agreement no longer suitably rewarded the players, who reportedly split around seven per cent of the revenue from the grand slam tournaments.

"I think there are certain days where you just have to, as a tournament supervisor, recognise that you might need to give players few extra hours until it comes down".

Federer added that it was good that the players were talking to one another. "It's all good. But it's going to be a never-ending story".

Maria Sharapova went through in straight sets to reach the third round with a defeat of Latvian 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (7-4).

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