Roger Federer, the ultimate gentleman and sportsman, picked up an ‘audible obscenity’ code violation during his quarter-final match at the Dubai Championships against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary.
Sometimes it was a bit frustrating. I think that was a lack of rhythm, gusty winds and Fucsovics playing a good match Roger Federer
The player who with a record 20-grand slam titles to his credit, is held up as the model player, shocked his fans by reacting vociferously at his behaviour but requesting he be given some slack.
The outburst came after Federer released his frustration following a number of unforced errors.
“Djokovic behaves far worse on court,” one fan wrote. “Super aggressive towards umpires when angry.”
Federer was also frustrated with being kept waiting for his match against Fucsovics to get underway, by Stefanos Tsitsipas who needed three sets to beat Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 7-6(4) 6-7(1) 6-1..
Rain also caused a brief stoppage to play.
“Sometimes there are rain delays, sometimes there is waiting for another set with (Stefanos) Tsitsipas finishing,” Federer said following his 7-6(6) 6-4 victory. “All these things play a role in how you come out and play so I was very happy. Sometimes it was a bit frustrating. I think that was a lack of rhythm, gusty winds and Fucsovics playing a good match.
“I really enjoyed myself even though it was tricky. But that’s the challenge and that’s what I’m here for, so I’m happy.
“But when you sit in the stadium you really see how close these matches have become at the top level.
“So from that standpoint, I know what it takes and how hard it is and that’s why you never underestimate anybody,” he concluded having edged within two matches of claiming his 100th career singles title, which is if successful he would be only the second behind Jimmy Cnnors to achieve that distinction.
Federer will now face sixth seed Borna Coric for a place in a 10th final of an event he has won seven times, the Croatian having beaten Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili 4-6 6-3 7-6(1).
In other action, Tsitipas, who won a second ATP Tour title in Provence last week, will face in-form Gael Monfils, the current Rotterdam champion, who fought past Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis 6-1 6-7(3) 6-2.