Becker and Zverev comment on Roger Federer’s towel Zoff

It is an unusually tense situation that is playing out on the Philippe-Chatrier court on Thursday: When Marin Cilic (ATP 32) wants to serve in the second set of the second round match against Roger Federer (ATP 8), he has to wait a moment for the Basler, because he ran to the edge of the field again to wipe the sweat from his face. A moment too long, judges chair arbitrator Emmanuel Joseph and admonishes the 20-time Grand Slam winner. This is followed by a heated exchange of views between the 39-year-old and the referee, and at the end even Cilic joins the discussion. Almost three minutes later, the game continues, Federer wins in four sets.

After the game, the world number one commented on the incident: “To be honest, I was a bit shocked and surprised that that happened. For a long time I didn’t understand why I got a warning at all. ” In the end, however, he is conciliatory and describes the dispute with the referee as a “mutual misunderstanding”.

Published: 05.06.2021, 1:37 a.m.

Last updated: June 5, 2021, 9:08 am

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