Alexander Zverev involved in heated argument with umpire Alison Hughes over a tight line-call in his French Open quarterfinal…before winning a straight sets and becoming the first German to reach the last four at Roland Garros since 1996
- Alexander Zverev was involved in a heated argument with an umpire at Roland Garros
- The German decided to call a shout from his opponent during the quarterfinals
- But the umpire, Briton Alison Hughes, disagreed and believed the ball was in play
- Zverev was annoyed and protested with the official before winning
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Alexander Zverev was involved in a heated argument with the umpire on Thursday night during the early stages of his French Open quarterfinal.
The German, who secured his place in the last four with a straight sets win, was left furious with a close line call during his encounter with Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
Zverev chose to make his own decision, calling a wide backhand from Fokina during a run in game four of the game, which would have given the 24-year-old a service break.
Alexander Zverev was involved in a heated argument with an umpire at the French Open on Thursday donderdag
The German was left furious with a close line call to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
After calling out the ball, umpire Alison Hughes inspected the mark and said the ball was in
Zverev was furious at the call and protested to the official before play got going again
But the umpire, Britain’s Alison Hughes, climbed from her chair to inspect the ball marker and disagreed with Zverev’s decision that the ball was out.
Believing she had been looking at the wrong mark on the field, Zverev rushed back to the mark and said, “No, no, no! It’s here! No!’
But when Hughes returned to her seat and declared it was not a full point, the German crouched to his knees and protested.
He said, ‘I never complain about much – when you say it’s indoors or out, I always agree. But how do you register this?
Hughes replied, “It’s not a full grade for me.”
Zverev, still not convinced of her decision, replied, “I understand it’s in for you because you say it’s in, but it isn’t!”
After play resumed, Zverev reached the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 win over Fokina.
After play resumed, Zverev reached the semi-finals with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 win over Fokina
He became the first German to reach the last four at Roland Garros since Michael Stich in 1996
Sixth seed Zverev became the first German to reach the last four at Roland Garros since Michael Stich in 1996.
He was just too good for the world’s number 46, who managed to hold his serve only three times before his first outing on the track, Philippe Chatrier.
After a tense opening set in which both players struggled to hold on to serve, world number six Zverev shifted up a gear when the Spaniard faltered.
Another double break in the third set gave Zverev a 4-1 lead before Davidovich Fokina failed again as the German took his place in the last four and took a comfortable win in one hour and 38 minutes.
Zverev will face Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas or world number two Daniil Medvedev from Russia.
“Of course it’s very nice to be in the semi-finals, but that doesn’t satisfy me,” Zverev said.
“I’m playing better and better and now we’ll see what happens.”