Federer cools Tsitsipas claims
Roger Federer has dismissed Stefanos Tsitsipas' claims that the top players get preferential treatment from the officials.
Federer was speaking after winning the 101st title of his career at the Miami Open over the weekend with a straight sets victory over defending champion John Isner.
The Swiss legend admits that the top umpires on the main courts may interact differently with players they are more familiar with, but does not believe they get preferential treatment.
"It's a tough one but what I do feel sometimes is that on the outside courts, more than just preferential treatment to the top guys, they are tougher on the rules," Federer told AFP. "You do something – bang, warning. It's like there is no messing about.
"But with the umpires with the top guys on the main courts, I think the umpires know the top guys, they know their problems, they know how they behave and how they will react, so they know what acting stupid or silly means and what normal is.
"So because we know each other very well, I think it's easier for an umpire to handle a top player who they know over an up-and-coming guy like Tsitsipas or a young guy and that sometimes gets lost in translation and maybe bad mistakes can happen. But I don't see preferential treatment, there shouldn't be."
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