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Roger Federer says Serena Williams 'went too far' during heated U.S. Open final

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 7 Nov 2018
  • Federer believes Williams overstepped the mark during the U.S. Open final
  • The Swiss great says the American "went too far" with her behaviour towards umpire Carlos Ramos
Roger Federer (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Roger Federer has declared fellow tennis legend Serena Williams “went too far” when she hurled a verbal tirade of abuse towards umpire Carlos Ramos during the U.S. Open final.


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Williams received a code violation for coaching from Patrick Mouratoglu, a point penalty for racquet abuse and a game penalty for branding Ramos a “liar” and a “thief” as she was defeated in straight sets by Naomi Osaka in New York in September.

The 23-time major champion told Ramos she would "never cheat to win and would rather lose" and later said the Spanish umpire was sexist for taking a game from her.

Serena Williams (Photo by Jaime Lawson/Getty Images for USTA)
"He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief,'" she said.

The incident unfortunately overshadowed Osaka’s maiden Grand Slam triumph, and now Federer has had his say on the matter, saying he felt Williams overstepped the mark.

"She went too far," Federer said in an interview with the Sunday Times. "She should have walked earlier. It's a little bit excusable. The umpire maybe should not have pushed her there. It's unfortunate but an incredible case study."

The United States Tennis Association fined Williams $17,000 for her actions, while Mouratoglu admitted he was coaching from the stands.

Meanwhile, in the same Sunday Times interview, Federer also spoke on the controversy surrounding the decision to ban Williams’ catsuit attire that she donned at the French Open and when Alize Cornet received a code violation for changing her shirt on-court at the U.S. Open.

"What was the problem with taking the T-shirt off or the catsuit?" he said. "Serena has worn crazier stuff in the past. Guys have worn crazier stuff. For me, it was a bit of nonsense. Just chill out for a second. I was totally on the women's side. Leave them alone."

Federer, who successfully defended his Australian Open title this year and won a further three pieces of silverware in Rotterdam, Stuttgart and Basel, will finish his season off at the Nitto ATP Finals in London, which begins on Sunday.

The 37-year-old is the second seed following the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal and has been drawn into Group Lleyton Hewitt, alongside Kevin Anderson, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori.

Federer will be aiming to win the prestigious season-ending tournament for the first time since 2011.


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Roger Federer says Serena Williams "went too far" during heated U.S. Open final

Roger Federer has declared fellow tennis legend Serena Williams “went too far” when she hurled a verbal tirade of abuse towards umpire Carlos Ramos during the U.S. Open final.

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