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Federer's request: No new balls

india Updated: May 23, 2011 23:01 IST

Roger Federer easily shot down Feliciano Lopez in the French Open first round on Monday before turning his guns on organisers for failing to give players adequate time to get used to this year's Roland Garros balls.

"I guess the disappointing part here in this whole story, because I'm hearing a lot of conversations about the balls, it's just that they're not the same from what we've just played for the last month," an increasingly moody Federer said. "That for us is the most frustrating part...the tournaments all changed to the Roland Garros ball after last year. Roland Garros has changed their balls again. Now we're stuck with a different deal for all the different ATP Tour events."

Djokovic on 'legend'
Novak Djokovic may be closing in on John McEnroe's record winning start to a season, but the red-hot Serb insists that he can't be compared to the American "legend".

"I hope to see him (McEnroe) in Paris to tell him that I have beaten his record," Djokovic told a sports daily. "He said that my record is more impressive than his - that's a great honour - but I can't be compared."