Infotainment Factory: Fans stunned by Federer's ATP Finals outburst

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Sunday, 11 November 2018

Fans stunned by Federer's ATP Finals outburst


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Roger Federer has stunned fans at the ATP Finals following a furious outburst which saw him handed a code violation in his loss to Japan's Kei Nishikori.

Nishikori had lost his previous six matches against Federer but, after winning a first-set tie-breaker, kept his nerve to rack up a surprise but thoroughly-deserved 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 victory, but the win was marred by Federer's continued lack of form.

The 37-year-old who is known for his usually calm demeanour, was warned by the umpire for ball abuse in the 12th game after hitting a ball into the crowd out of frustration. 

Federer was also heard telling the umpire, "I'm not talking to you anymore" following confusion over a challenge.

Nishikori's stunning win stopped Federer's win streak in opening matches at the ATP Finals at 15 consecutive wins, and the Japanese star was happy to finally overcome the Swiss maestro.

"I'm glad to win, it's never easy to play with my idol," Nishikori said.

"I lost to him twice in the last two months so I played more aggressively and things started working, especially in the second set.

"There were some lucky points but I played well today."

Federer made an uncharacteristic 36 unforced errors, 20 in the first set, and cut a disgruntled figure at times - even given a warning for swiping a ball high into the stands.

He admitted his practice has been "a bit all over the place" but had no excuses.

"I felt we both struggled throughout the first set. You could tell it was sort of a first round," he said.

"I had my chances maybe a bit more than he did. Then I started to feel better in the second set. I think we both did. The level went up but unfortunately I couldn't keep the lead that I got early."

- With AAP

Roger Federer has stunned fans at the ATP Finals following a furious outburst which saw him handed a code violation in his loss to Japan's Kei Nishikori.

Nishikori had lost his previous six matches against Federer but, after winning a first-set tie-breaker, kept his nerve to rack up a surprise but thoroughly-deserved 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 victory, but the win was marred by Federer's continued lack of form.

The 37-year-old who is known for his usually calm demeanour, was warned by the umpire for ball abuse in the 12th game after hitting a ball into the crowd out of frustration. 

Federer was also heard telling the umpire, "I'm not talking to you anymore" following confusion over a challenge.

Nishikori's stunning win stopped Federer's win streak in opening matches at the ATP Finals at 15 consecutive wins, and the Japanese star was happy to finally overcome the Swiss maestro.

"I'm glad to win, it's never easy to play with my idol," Nishikori said.

"I lost to him twice in the last two months so I played more aggressively and things started working, especially in the second set.

"There were some lucky points but I played well today."

Federer made an uncharacteristic 36 unforced errors, 20 in the first set, and cut a disgruntled figure at times - even given a warning for swiping a ball high into the stands.

He admitted his practice has been "a bit all over the place" but had no excuses.

"I felt we both struggled throughout the first set. You could tell it was sort of a first round," he said.

"I had my chances maybe a bit more than he did. Then I started to feel better in the second set. I think we both did. The level went up but unfortunately I couldn't keep the lead that I got early."

- With AAP https://ift.tt/2T4Ry3q
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