Roger Federer was involved in a heated discussion with the umpire and his opponent
Marin Cilic during their second-round French Open match.
Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland, was handed a time
violation midway through the second set for slowing down the pace of play in return
Cilic had made the point to the umpire that he was being forced to wait for Federer when
about to serve and he duly responded by handing him a time violation in the fourth game
of the second set.
Federer – who eventually won in four sets – didn’t take kindly to the decision and
engaged in a lengthy discussion with the chair umpire in which he pointed out that Cilic
bounced the ball a large amount of times before he actually started his action.
After a back and forth with the umpire, with Federer leaning on the net, he then brought
Cilic into the conversation: ‘Am I playing too slow?
Cilic began to explain the rule about the game being played at the server’s pace and
Federer sharply responded: ‘I understand the rule.
Cilic continued: ‘On a few occasions I was waiting for you.’
Federer responded: ‘I understand, but I’m going from one corner to the next, trying to get
my towel back. I’m not even doing it on purpose.’
After Cilic saved break point to hold, a clearly agitated Federer continued his discussion
with the umpire throughout the change of ends.