Roger Federer has been fined after he was given a code violation during his Australian Open quarter-final clash against Tennys Sandgren.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner came through a tough five-setter against Sandgren on Tuesday, saving seven match points along the way.
However, the usually cool Federer lost his temper during the third set and had a “conversation” with one of the line judges with commentators claiming he used an R-rated word.
Chair umpire Marijana Veljovic then hit Federer with an audible obscenity warning, but he wasn’t happy and asked the official “what did I say?” and the umpire replied “I can’t repeat that”.
“Give me a break.”
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The 38-year-old has been handed a US$3,000 (about £2,300) fine for the incident.
During the post-match press conference Federer added: “It was a mix [of languages]. Clearly she (the lineswoman) speaks mixed. Didn’t know that.”
He added: “I mean, I don’t know. I understand. Back in the day I feel like we could speak to lines-people. Nowadays they tell me, ‘Go speak to the umpire’.
“Okay, I’ll go speak to the umpire. I walk across the court because they are not allowed to speak to the players.
“Honestly, to be frustrated at one point for over, I don’t know, 15 hours [sic] throughout the match, I think it’s normal.
“I found it a bit tough. It’s not like I’m known to throw around words and whatever. It’s not like the whole stadium heard it either. But no problem, I’ll accept it.”
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