Roger Federer believes that Serena Williams “went too far” with her disputable rage at an umpire amid the US Open last.
Williams received a code infringement for training, a punishment point for racquet misuse and an amusement punishment for considering the umpire a “liar” and a “criminal” amid her thrashing by Naomi Osaka, with her upheaval eclipsing the greatest win of her adversary’s vocation.
“I feel like Serena should have walked away,” Roger Federer told Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper.
“She did, but she went too far. She should have walked earlier.”
Nevertheless the Swiss star did have some sympathy for Williams, adding: “The umpire maybe should not have pushed her there. It’s unfortunate, but an incredible case study.”
Osaka’s 6-2, 6-4 win over Williams quickly became infamous for the American’s flare-up in the second set.
Williams, 37, was given a first code violation after umpire Carlos Ramos judged her coach Patrick Mouratoglou to be coaching — something that is prohibited under Grand Slam rules — as he watched the match courtside.
Mouratoglou later admitted he had indeed been coaching as he criticised the rule.
Following the code violation, Williams told Ramos she would “never cheat to win and would rather lose”.
Ramos, however, was required under the rules to impose a code violation on the player, not the coach, if he believed coaching had taken place.
Williams received another code violation for smashing her racquet, leading to Ramos docking her a point.
When the game finished, she called the experienced official “a liar” and “a thief”. That led to Ramos docking her the next game — leaving Osaka needing just one for victory.
Roger is going to play in the Nitto ATP Finals starting from November 11th. He is placed in Lleyton Hewitt group alongside Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem, and Kevin Anderson.
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