'Shame on them': Roger Federer in 'embarrassing' French Open act

Roger Federer (pictured) looking worried during his French Open match.
Fans ripped into French Open officials after scheduling Roger Federer (pictured) during the night match at Roland Garros with no crowd. (Getty Images)

Fans have absolutely blasted French Open officials for scheduling Roger Federer for his first ever night match in Paris.

The 39-year-old champ started his match against Dominik Koepfer late due to a scheduling issue with the third set finishing close to midnight.

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Despite the late night start, Federer was on fire and took the first set under the bright lights of Paris in front of an empty stadium on Philippe Chatrier stadium.

But Federer looked fatigued at the start of the second and started to fade quickly as Koepfer took the next set.

Commentators noted Federer's legs appeared to be gone and the 20-time Grand Slam champ was going to need to lift in order to take the third set.

But the prospect of Federer going out and potentially playing his last French Open match in front of an empty stadium - due to Paris' Covid-19 curfew - angered fans.

Fans labelled the scheduling issue 'embarrassing' from French Open officials and said Federer deserved better following his illustrious career.

Despite looking down and out, Federer showed his champion mentality and capitalised on Koepfer's nerves to steal the third set.

He then went on to win the match 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, which the commentator described as a 'Houdini' act from Federer.

Nadal, Djokovic advance at French Open

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have stormed into the fourth round of the French Open and both set up clashes with talented Italian youngsters.

Djokovic needed just an hour and 32 minutes to defeat Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 becoming the first man in the Open era to reach the last 16 in Paris for 12 consecutive years.

Next up he faces 19-year-old Lorenzo Musetti who has made it through to the fourth round on his grand slam debut.

Nadal extended his run of consecutive matches won at Roland Garros to 33 and consecutive sets to 32 with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Cameron Norrie.

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