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Monday, June 1, 2020

Roger Federer

Tennys Sandgren sends funny tweet after blowing match to Roger Federer

Tennys Sandgren

Tennys Sandgren lost to Roger Federer in five sets 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3 at the Australian Open on Tuesday and sent a highly appropriate tweet.

Sandgren dropped the first set but came back to take the next two. He had several match points in the fourth set but was unable to close it out. In fact, Sandgren blew seven match points before losing the tiebreak and dropping the final set 6-3.

Sandgren tried his best to shake things off on Twitter afterwards, sending a funny tweet about how many shots (presumably of alcohol) he would need to take to wash away the taste of defeat.

If you’re Sandgren, the best thing to do is what Kobe Bryant would do, and that is flush the performance into the toilet and forget about it. Sandgren needs to enter future matches thinking about winning, not whether he might blow it again.

Chair umpire Marijana Veljovic boldly stood up to Roger Federer

Marijana Veljovic

Many chair umpires would be intimidated when officiating a match involving Roger Federer, but that was not the case with Marijana Veljovic.

Veljovic had no hesitation in calling Federer for a code violation for swearing during his quarterfinals match against Tennys Sandgren at the Australian Open. Even when Federer complained, Veljovic maintained her poise and did not waiver on calling the penalty.

Being unafraid to call a violation on the most famous player in the sport is part of the reason why Veljovic has become so highly regarded as a chair umpire, and it’s even more impressive given her youth.

The Serbian judge is a gold-badge umpire who has officiated two grand slam finals and the Fed Cup Final.

She has talked about appreciating how tennis has given a path for females to succeed as officials, and she is active in trying to bring more female officials into the sport.

“Whether you are a girl or a guy, if you do well and they think you are good enough to do the biggest matches, it feels amazing that our sport is allowing us that,” Veljovic said in a video posted by the International Tennis Federation in November 2018. “Tennis is giving us the right opportunities. Normally we don’t have enough female officials; we have 3.5 times less female officials than males.”

Here is the video:

Roger Federer confronts line judge after receiving code violation for cursing

Roger Federer line judge

Roger Federer got in a line judge’s face after receiving a code violation for cursing during his match on Tuesday in Australia.

Federer took the first set of his quarterfinals match against Tennys Sandgren at the Australian Open 6-3 but lost the second set 6-2 and was falling behind in the third set. After going up 0-40 on Sandgren’s serve, Federer blew a triple break point. He hit a ball into the net to make it 30-40 and dropped a curse word afterwards.

Shortly thereafter, chair umpire Marijana Veljovic announced a code violation for cursing. Veljovic was alerted to the violation by the line judge behind the baseline.

Federer asked Veljovic what he said, and she responded that she couldn’t repeat the word, but that she kind of heard it, and the line judge definitely heard it.

Federer then walked from the baseline to confront the line judge and appeared to be incredulous that she told the chair umpire what he said. Rather than get ready to play the point, Federer then approached Veljovic. He seemed annoyed that he was called for a violation despite Veljovic not being sure about what he said.

After receiving his explanation, Federer lost another point to make it deuce, and then he blew the game to fall behind 0-3. He then took a timeout.

That was a poor display by Federer. He was obviously upset about his poor playing and took it out on the line judge, who just called him out for something many people heard. He lost his focus and was worried about the wrong thing.

Roger Federer takes medical timeout after losing fourth set against Grigor Dimitrov

Roger Federer short hair

Roger Federer made a rare move during his quarterfinal match against Grigor Dimitrov at the US Open on Tuesday night.

Federer lost the fourth set of his match against Dimitrov 4-6 to send things to a deciding fifth set. Federer was sitting on the side of the court during the set break and requested the physio, who came out to speak with him. The two then walked into the locker room for some privacy off the court.

The medical timeout lasted about nine minutes. Federer tapped Dimitrov’s chair as he returned to the court, almost as an apology for taking so long. The fifth set then got underway with Federer serving.

According to ESPN’s announcers, the match represented just Federer’s third five-set match in the last year and a half. He had won the first and third set by 6-3 scores and lost the second and fourth 4-6. He quickly fell behind 0-4 in the fifth set and lost it 2-6.

The 38-year-old reached the semis of the French Open and blew a double-championship point at Wimbledon against Novak Djokovic in other majors this year. He lost in the fourth round at the Australian Open and the quarters at the US Open.

Andy Roddick had funny reaction to Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic marathon match

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic treated fans to arguably the greatest final match in Wimbledon history on Sunday, and it sounds like Andy Roddick was exhausted just watching it.

At some point in the middle of a lengthy fifth set, one of Roddick’s Twitter followers asked him what it feels like to take part in a match that lasts well over four hours. Roddick had a great response.

We can only imagine how exhausted Federer and Djokovic were. The match featured an insane 35-shot rally and was the longest final in Wimbledon history. It was also the first time the final featured a fifth-set tiebreak, so it goes without saying that it was a test of endurance. Roddick retired from tennis several years ago, and he’s clearly at peace with his decision.

Watch: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic had incredible 35-shot rally at Wimbledon

Two of the greatest tennis players of all time met in the championship match at Wimbledon on Sunday, and to say they did not disappoint would be an understatement.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic had several long rallies during their match, but the most impressive came during the fourth set. It lasted a remarkable 35 shots and ended with Federer getting the point.

Federer eventually won the set to force a fifth and deciding set. The 35-shot rally was a prime example of the incredible conditioning these guys possess.

Jimmy Connors welcomes Roger Federer to 100-win club with great tweet

Jimmy Connors

Roger Federer reached a rare and special milestone over the weekend and received recognition from the best possible source.

Federer defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 to win the Dubai Tennis Championships, marking his 100th career singles tournament title. Not only did beating Tsitsipas give him some revenge after his Australian Open loss, but it also made him the second player to win 100 career singles tournaments. The other to do it is Jimmy Connors, who holds the record with 109 career singles titles in the open era.

Connors sent a great tweet welcoming Federer to the club, saying it was lonely and nice to have some company.

Some players don’t like having their records broken or athletes encroaching on their turf. Connors is acting the complete opposite, which shows great character.

Having Federer reach 100 wins is a nice thing for Connors too because it puts into perspective just how incredible his career was.