- Chair umpire Carlos Ramos hands Marin Cilic warning for slamming racket
- Associated Press
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Carlos Ramos, the chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams in the US Open final, is happy to get back to work as he returns to the chair for a Davis Cup semifinal between Croatia and the U.S.
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Davis Cup players neutral on controversial ump
The U.S. Davis Cup players are trying to stay out of the debate over chair umpire Carlos Ramos' treatment of Serena Williams during the US Open final. Ramos is also handling the U.S. semifinal vs. Croatia.
"Usually when you break a racket, you get a code violation," Cilic said.
Ramos was the umpire who gave Serena Williams three code violations in her straight-sets loss to Naomi Osaka during last weekend's US Open final. The American great argued she wasn't being treated the same as some male players.
The normally collected Cilic lost his cool after committing a series of uncharacteristic errors late in the third set against Querrey.
After winning the opening set, Cilic wasted a 6-1 lead in the second-set tiebreak before losing 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-4 to Querrey, who played in place of Steve Johnson. Querrey's win evened the best-of-five series at 2-2.
Cilic couldn't recall the last time he had smashed a racket.
"I don't know," he said, adding, "It's always a little bit more nervous" to play in the Davis Cup.
Borna Coric defeated Frances Tiafoe 6-7 (0), 6-1, 6-7 (11), 6-1, 6-3 in the decisive fifth rubber to send Croatia to the Nov. 23-25 final against France.