Roger Federer starred in an unusual image during his quarterfinal match at the Australian Open against American Tennis Sandgren. The Swiss, who made the pass to the semifinals after surviving several match points, received a warning from Croatian chair judge Marijana Veljovic for an “audible obscenity.” Both starred in a rifirrafe that has made the unknown referee viral.
The notice came in the third set, when the American dominated 3-6, 6-2 and 2-0, and addressed a line judge to clarify a decision. Not satisfied with what had happened, the Swiss released a cue that was immediately punished by Veljkovic.
“Code violation, audible obscenity, Mr. Federer,” said the chair judge, to which the Swiss replied: “What did I say?” “I can’t repeat that but I have heard it clearly,” the referee added.
The Swiss did not take it well and cast a defiant look at the line judge in addition to insisting on his protests to the chair judge.
It is not the first time that Federer has been involved in a clash of this kind since in the final of the US Open. against the Argentine Juan Martin del Potro of 2009, the Swiss was fined $ 1,500 for blaspheming during an argument with the chair judge. The Swiss lost in that final, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (4) and 6-2.
In Australia, however, Federer took the duel forward, after saving no less than seven match balls, 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (8) and 6-3. It will be seen in the semifinals with Serbian Novak Djokovic.
In addition to showing this unusual face of the Swiss, the match made Marijana Veljovic viral. The networks were filled with fans asking what the name of the attractive chair judge was and even the Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard joined those surprised by her beauty.
“The chair judge at Roger / Tennys is super pretty,” he wrote on his Twitter account accompanying the message of an ’emoji’ with two hearts in his eyes.
the umpire in this roger / tennys match is super pretty
& mdash; Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) January 28, 2020