Roger Federer after a fine: ‘I did not know she understands me’

The 20-time Major champion Roger Federer was fined only twice at Majors in over two decades. The Swiss was penalized for swearing against Juan Martin del Potro in that epic 2009 US Open final, in the first match he lost in New York since 2003.

Roger was fined $3,000 for using an audible obscenity in the third set of the 2020 Australian Open quarter-final against Tennys Sandgren. In one of the most thrilling matches of the entire season, Roger took down Tennys 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 in three hours and 31 minutes.

The veteran endured all the obstacles and advanced into his 15th semi-final in Melbourne after fending off no less than seven match points! The Swiss star received a code violation when a lineswoman reported him to the chair umpire Marijana Veljovic, who then issued the warning.

Federer claimed the opening set before losing ground in the second after struggling with a groin injury. The crowd’s favorite played way below his usual level in the third set when he received a medical timeout outside the court.

Frustrated with everything, the Swiss threw some bad words and received a warning from Veljovic. The 20-time Major winner spent some time talking with her and continued during the break between two games.

Roger Federer got fined at the 2020 Australian Open versus Tennys Sandgren.
When the painkillers started working, Federer recovered in set number four enough to stay in touch and prolong his chances.

Roger somehow saved those seven match points in the tenth game and at 3-6 in the tie break to endure an impossible task and force a decider. With momentum on his side, the Swiss brought the victory home and produced a marvelous comeback that he only achieved once in the past in Cincinnati 2003 against world no.

114 Scott Draper. “She speaks mixed languages; I did not know that. Next time I got to check the lines people. Honestly, to be frustrated at one point for over 15 hours is normal. It’s not like I’m known to throw around words and whatever. It’s not like the whole stadium heard it, either. But no problem, I will accept it,” Roger Federer said.

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