Roger Federer's tense exchange with umpire after copping point penalty
Tennis legend Roger Federer wasn’t his usual self as he bowed out of the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals.
The 38-year-old was defeated in three sets by Alexander Zverev 3-6, 7-6, 3-6.
In rare scenes, the Swiss Maestro engaged in a lengthy and tense exchange with the chair umpire after being docked a point for his second violation unsportsmanlike conduct after he hit a ball away immediately following a shot into the net.
Federer took issue with the call, arguing with the umpire about whether he had even meant to hit the ball into the crowd.
And his mood hadn’t appeared to have improved after the loss, with a reporter getting in the firing line too when he asked the 20-time Grand Slam champion about the incident.
I missed quite a Federer-Zverev match in Shanghai, huh.
And after, too. I've never seen Federer snap at a [100% expectable and reasonable] question like this, that I can remember. pic.twitter.com/d6yplK1e8U
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) October 11, 2019
The result sets up a next-generation final four for the tournament, with Stefanos Tsitsipas now matched up against Daniil Medvedev and Zverev to take on Matteo Berrettini.