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Fed accosted on court by fan

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Roger Federer was accosted by a fan at the French Open on court following his first round win in Paris. 

The fan jumped onto Court Philippe Chatrier and put his hand across Federer's shoulder to try and get a selfie with the Swiss in a worrying breach of security at Roland Garros.

The 33-year-old, who had just beaten Alejandro Falla 6-3 6-3 6-4, appeared startled when the young man walked alongside him for a few seconds before he was eventually escorted away.

"I'm not happy about it. Obviously not one second I'm happy about it," Federer said, adding that he received an apology from tournament director Gilbert Ysern.

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"It happened yesterday in the practice, too. I think it's true for all players that you have to feel safe when we play, feel safe on the courts. It shouldn't happen too often. It's happened twice in two days and also in 2009 during the final. I think people should react more quickly. First, it should never happen."

Security at the tournament was breached two years ago during the final between Rafa Nadal and fellow Spaniard David Ferrer, when a protestor leapt from the stands on to the court, carrying a flare and protesting against France's same-sex marriage law.

Federer previously encountered an court invader in Paris during his 2009 final win over Robin Soderling when a man jumped on to the court and tried to put a red hat on him before he was wrested to the ground by security.

Player security has been an issue in tennis after former world No 1 Monica Seles was stabbed on court by an obsessed fan at a tournament in Hamburg, Germany in 1993.

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