Serbia Novak Djokovic has  defended Roger Federer amid special treatment claims by Retired professional Julien Benneteau who caused a stir during an interview on French radio station RMC Sport at the weekend when he said tournament referees were often kinder to Federer when it came to scheduling his matches.referring to the Australian Open, a tournament Federer has won on six occasions.

He said 20-time major singles champion Federer played “12 or 13” of his 14 matches at Melbourne in the past two years at night, so avoiding the often scorching daytime temperatures at the Open.

Asked for his thoughts after his victory over John Isner at the ATP Finals in London, Djokovic said Federer had earned the right to be treated differently to other players.

“In the end of the day, in a way he deserves the special treatment because he’s six-time champion of Australian Open and arguably the best player ever,” Djokovic said.