Roger Federer rarely loses his cool on the tennis court but having been broken in the third set and trailing Tennys Sandgren the Swiss maestro was handed an audible obscenity warning.
The 20-time Grand Slam champ was struggling against the American after easily taking the first set and was looking at going 3-0 down in the third set.
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But things took a turn when Federer mumbled something and the line judge approached the chair umpire and signalled he had made an audible obscenity.
This did not sit well with the normally cool mannered Federer.
"Code Violation: Audible Obscenity, Roger Federer"— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) January 28, 2020
This is not the Roger Federer we should see on court. Time for him to remember the Laver Cup speech to Zverev and practice it again.— ZENIA D'CUNHA (@ZENIADCUNHA) January 28, 2020
hard to believe Roger Federer is losing his cool against Tennys Sandgren.— James Santelli will buy the gray jersey, you guys. (@JamesSantelli) January 28, 2020
clearly the strategy works.
Not sure I have ever seen this: Roger Federer just got a code violation warning for obscenity. #AusOpen— Neil McMahon (@NeilMcMahon) January 28, 2020
Roger Federer just got pinged for an audible obscenity.— Matt Johnson (@matte_johnson) January 28, 2020
Yes, you read that correctly. #ausopen
He approached the line judge and was clearly asking what she thought he had said.
Federer then approached the chair umpire and minced words before playing out the game.
During the changeover Federer could be heard saying to the chair umpire: “If it was clear why didn’t you call it?”
“She is 100 per cent sure?”
He then went on to question the line judge.
“She is from Switzerland right?” Federer mockingly asked.
“Give me a break.”
Federer went on to produce an incredible comeback, saving seven match points to prevail in five sets.