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“Roger Federer wouldn’t like me to talk about it,” says coach

20-time Major champion Roger Federer was only fined twice at Majors in more than two decades. The Swiss was sanctioned for insulting in the duel against 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 overcame all odds to advance to his 15th Melbourne semi-final after fending off no fewer than seven match points. The Swiss star was given a code violation when a linesman reported it to chair umpire Marijana Veljovic, who in turn issued the warning.

Federer won the first set before losing ground in the second after suffering a groin injury. The crowd favorite played well below his usual level in the third set, when he received an off-court medical timeout. Frustrated by it all, the Swiss threw out some swear 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. When the painkillers kicked in, Federer recovered enough in the fourth set to stay in touch and prolong his chances. Roger somehow saved those seven match points in game 10 and at 3-6 in the tiebreaker to endure an impossible task and force a decider.

With momentum on his side, the Swiss took home victory and produced a marvelous comeback that he has only managed once in the past, at Cincinnati 2003, against world number 114 Scott Draper.

Ljubo opens up about King Roger

Ivan Ljubicic has revealed that 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is an avid chess player.

“He likes to play bullets to kill time and distract himself. I know more (than Roger) or less, but I prefer not to talk about it. He wouldn’t like me to talk about it,” Ljubicic said. “He got hooked seeing how fanatical he was about it.

He had the basics and honestly I don’t know if he still does because we haven’t spent much time together in 14 months since he had the operation, but yeah, he also knows the general ideas of what’s going on in the world of chess. he added.

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