Federer Simply Will Not Stand for Gamesmanship

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MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
The 20-time grand slam champion was left fuming in the second set when he was handed a time violation for taking too long in between points.

Federer had a fiery argument with chair umpire Emmanuel Joseph and even dragged Cilic into his rant.

"Marin, am I playing too slow?" Federer asked, to which Cilic responded he was.

Well that went well :X3:
 

Kralingen

Hall of Fame
I think if they were speaking English it would have been quickly sorted, but something about the French language caused Federer and the line judge to be in a bickering mood. Wittgenstein would agree with me
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
He said Cilic was bouncing the ball which should be sufficient time to towel off and do something for Mirka.
When I read this quote from him yesterday, I laughed my ass off...

"When he puts his foot down ready for the serve he's not ready for the serve, there's still ten bounces. I feel like start bouncing, and I'll rock up ready to return when you're ready to serve.'

:-D
 

Spencer Gore

Hall of Fame
As I said on the match thread, Roger has a history of gamesmanship when things are going against him but it was sad to see him reduced to blatantly behaving like this to make up for his fading speed and skills.

it would be better if he retired gracefully rather than go out bickering with umpires.
 

yokied

Hall of Fame
What went through my head watching this extended episode:
1. just how fine the margins are in determining success at the top of tennis. Fed could quite easily have become a Swiss Fog with a hotter wife and a poorer life.
2. just how experienced Fed is arguing with toddlers and not giving a **** how onlookers perceive a situation. I'll argue with other people's kids too and I bet he does when there's no cameras around.
3. what a little turd Cilic is, smirking away through the whole thing, having caused it with his two-speed variable-bouncing play, especially after Fed went on with it with the umpire at the change of ends. All because Cilic couldn't handle Fed drop-shotted his serve for a straight winner and the umpire giving him a soft warning for the bouncing.
4. just how guaranteed it was that Fed would win the next point, and the match, resoundingly.
 
The guy is 40 and has been semi retired for 8 years. Let him be slow between points.
He wasn't "slow" between points.

Cilic was varying hugely his serve routine. One time he was bouncing the ball until the last second, the other time he was willing to go several seconds after he got the ball in his hand, not allowing Federer to even towel off. The rules state that the receiver should play to the reasonable pace of the server. There was nothing reasonable in the effort of Cilic to ambush Federer with these despicable tactics.

Federer called Cilic and the umpire on those things and he was right, as usual.

:cool:
 

Gerco

Rookie
It´s weird cause after his 1st Round match Federer said it felt strange to him going for the towels and that in Geneva he felt too fast between points, kinda like playing a practice match, so now he needed to pace himself a bit more. Perhaps he went the other way around, I haven´t seen his latest match though.
 

Nate7-5

Professional
Someone needs to make a Youtube video of Cilic just bouncing the ball before every serve in a match :laughing:
 

Sudacafan

Talk Tennis Guru
Federer is losing it. I think middle-age is getting to him. Not too long before he starts crashing his car into a tree, with Mirka chasing him with a tennis racquet.
I was not thinking Fed was right on this one, until I read your post.
 

deaner2211

Semi-Pro
When I read this quote from him yesterday, I laughed my ass off...

"When he puts his foot down ready for the serve he's not ready for the serve, there's still ten bounces. I feel like start bouncing, and I'll rock up ready to return when you're ready to serve.'

:-D
If that is the case the why should the server show the ball to the receiver at the start of sets? The server should just start bouncing the ball and the receiver will know that he is about to serve.
 
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