In rare outburst, Roger Federer lost his cool with chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani today early in the second set of his Mutua Madrid Masters semifinal loss to Rafael Nadal. Federer played some great tennis stunning Nadal in the first set 75. But in the very first game of the second set Federer lost his composure with the chair umpire after stopping play on a ball he thought was out.
The shotspot replay, which was not in use, showed Federer was wrong and the ball was good. Lahyani checked the mark, called it in and per the video the Swiss was not pleased at all with the decision.
Federer, who played well, ended up losing 12 of the last 15 games giving Nadal the victory 57, 61, 62.
“I thought Rafa played well and me too at times so it was a good match,” said Federer. “It was it a good first set and even the second set at 6-1 doesn’t tell the truth and the third as well. I felt it was very close. Maybe the result doesn’t show as much but I thought I was right here.
“I think overall I played okay, I played the right way and at times it all worked and sometimes it didn’t just because of Rafa’s high level of play. He plays from start to finish on clay really solid and that was to be expected.”
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