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Roger Federer in fury over boy's court invasion at French Open

By Tom Allnutt

Published 25/05/2015

Roger Federer criticised French Open security after he was intercepted on court by a spectator at the end of his first-round victory over Alejandro Falla.

A young boy ran on court and made persistent attempts to take a photograph with the Swiss player as he tried to leave Philippe Chatrier, before security finally intervened.

Federer cruised to a 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over Colombian Falla but the 17-time grand slam champion was angry about the incident, saying it was not the first time it had happened at the tournament.

"I'm not happy about it, obviously not for one second am I happy about it," Federer said.

"It happened yesterday in the practice, too. It's just a kid, but then three more kids came.

"And today on centre court where you would think this is a place where nobody can come on, he just wanders on and nothing happens.

"It happened during the final in 2009 as well for me. So I definitely think this is something that something needs to happen quickly.

"Normally I only speak on behalf of myself, but in this situation I think I can speak on behalf of all the players, that where you do your job, that's where you want to feel safe."

Meanwhile, Andy Murray has the best chance he has ever had of winning the French Open this year, says the Scot's former coach Mark Petchey.

Murray begins his pursuit of a first title in Roland Garros against Argentine qualifier Facundo Arguello today.

"What with Nadal's form and Andy's recent results, you'd have to say this is the best chance Andy has ever had to win the French Open," said Petchey, who coached Murray into the world's top 50.

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