Following an array of close calls in his match against Nick Kyrgios, Roger Federer had some funny words for chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani and the linesmen today at the Madrid Masters.
“We need a clown for this circus,” Federer said down 5-1 in the second set tiebreaker to the 20-year-old.
Federer then explained why he said it. “There were a lot of bad calls. Only thing missing was a clown because it was just like such a mess out there.”
The remark didn’t help the Swiss as Kyrgios took the second set then saved three matchpoints in the third set to beat his idol 67(2), 76(5), 76(12).
After dropping a break in the first, Federer led the Australian confomfortably 20 in the second before he let his guard down, and the youngster clawed back into the match.
“My problem was I couldn’t return his first serve,” said Federer. “[It] was just a horrible performance on the return.
“As the match went on it got so bad that I just couldn’t get into decent positions on the return, so it made it very difficult to get any sort of rhythm after that.
“But credit to him for serving well and keep doing what he was doing. But I’m very disappointed by that. That’s what cost me the match, in my opinion.”
Kyrgios beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon last year, and Federer was aware of his big match game.
“He likes the big stage,” added Federer. “He’s got nothing to lose, no fear, and he’s got a great game. He can rely on his serve so much. It keeps him in the match regardless of he how he plays from the baseline.”
The loss could mean Federer, who just won at Istanbul, will play Rome next week. Though he made no decision today.
“No clue. We’ll see,” he said when asked if he’d play Rome.
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