Alexander Zverev rages at umpire in foul-mouthed rant during French Open semi-final | Tennis | Sport
Alexander Zverev unleashed a furious rant towards the umpire during his French Open semi-final clash against Stefanos Tsitsipas. The German is eyeing his first final at Roland Garros and was clearly feeling the heat in the third set.
Zverev was 5-3 up in the third set at 15-15 when he called Tsitsipas’ long forehand shot out.
The umpire quickly came down from his chair to tell Zverev that his opponent’s shot was, in fact, on the line.
His decision was unsurprisingly met by disappointment from the German ace, who responded with a foul-mouthed rant.
“I was here; I was here, I was here. How do you know that? You cannot tell me the call came before the shot,” Zverev protested.
“I hit a squash shot. I could’ve hit a normal shot. You’re telling me I had no chance of putting that ball into the court?
“You’re telling me I had no chance? That’s b******t. You’re telling me I had no chance of putting the ball into the court?
“Tell me, did it come before I hit it? Did I hit it with the middle of the racket?
“Do you think I could’ve made that shot if I hit it normally over the net without the call? I hit it full power into the net. I didn’t even try to hit it back.”
Djokovic and Nadal will square off this evening once Zverev and Tsitsipas have finished their blockbuster affair.
Nadal is pursuing a record-extending 14th French Open title, whilst Djokovic is looking to move just one major behind the Spaniard and Roger Federer on 19.
Whilst the Serbian world number one has dropped three sets on his way to the final, the third seed has dropped just one in what has been another dominant campaign on the clay.
It’s set to be an exciting meeting to act as this year’s penultimate showcase at Roland Garros.