Tennis

‘I didn’t know she understands me’

20-time Major champion Roger Federer was fined just twice at Majors in more than two decades. The Swiss was sanctioned for insulting Juan Martín del Potro in that epic 2009 US Open final, in the first match he lost in New York since 2003.

Roger was fined $3,000 for using an audible obscenity in the third set of the 2020 Australian Open quarterfinal against Tennys Sandgren. In one of the most exciting matches of the entire season, Roger beat Tennys 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 in three hours and 31 minutes.

The veteran withstood all odds and advanced to his 15th semi-final in Melbourne after fending off no less than seven match points! The Swiss star was given a code violation when a lineswoman reported it to chair umpire Marijana Veljovic, who then issued the warning.

Federer claimed the first set before losing ground in the second after picking up a groin injury. The crowd favorite played well below his usual level in the third set when he was awarded an off-court timeout.

Frustrated with everything, the Swiss swore a few words and received a warning from Veljovic. The 20-time Major winner spent some time talking to her and continued during the break between two games.

Roger Federer was fined at the Australian Open 2020 against Tennys Sandgren.

As the painkillers began to kick in, Federer recovered enough in set number four to stay in touch and prolong his chances.

Roger somehow saved those seven match points in game 10 and at 3-6 in the tie break to endure an impossible task and force a decider. With momentum on his side, the Swiss took home the win and produced a marvelous comeback that he has only managed once in the past at Cincinnati 2003 against the world number one.

114Scott Draper. “She speaks mixed languages; I didn’t know that. Next time I was able to check people’s lines. Honestly, being frustrated at one point for 15+ hours is normal. It’s not like I’m known for saying words and whatever.” . . It’s not like the whole stadium has heard it, either. But no problem, I will accept it,” said Roger Federer.

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