As we all know Federer has a reputation for remaining cool, calm and collected on court even in the toughest and dramatic of matches but he hasn't always been like that.
In fact it was only after he lost to Franco Squillari in Hamburg in 2001 and smashed his racquet that he decided to keep his emotions in check; he's done a pretty good job at it since but even he sometimes just has to let it out. Here are some of my favourites:
US Open Final 2009 – Del Potro's Delayed Hawkeye Challenges
I always get the feeling Roger and Jake Garner don't get along too well, this pretty much proves the theory. I actually thought Roger was right here, Hawk Eye was still relatively new at this point and Umpires were really inconsistent at enforcing time constraints on challenges. Del Potro took like a week here.
Monte Carlo 2008 1st Round – Roger Tells the Djokovic Family to “Be Quiet”
Quite frankly who wouldn't want to tell Novak's Mum to shut up? Fair enough she's bound to be biased towards her son but my god she's annoying.
French Open Quarter Final 2012 – Shut Up!
Sometimes even the crowd get on his nerves.
Australian Open 2008 4th Round – That was so Obvious is was a Joke!
Argues 2 different languages.
Miami 2009 Semi Final – Racquet Smash
Not so much a rant, but entertaining all the same, and maybe without it he'd have never won the French 🙂
“Thank god the hard court season is over. Yeah I don't care anymore, I'm moving over to clay, new chapter!”
Australian Open 2013 Semi Final – “F***ing Stop!”
Tells Murray to stop, breaks Murray when he's serving for the match. Wins the tie break. Boom! Almost the perfect pattern of play had he gone onto win.
Madrid 2012 Final – Lahyani's Double Bounce
Lahyani really ought to figure this one out, he “hit it the topspin way!”
Indian Wells 2013 4th Round – I played what? 2 shots? I played 1 shot!
Another rant to do with hawkeye, this time he was denied the opportunity to challenge by Fergus Murphy after he thought his own serve was out.
Wimbledon 2007 Final – How in the world was that ball in?
Thanks for BS in the comments for picking this one out. Not often you see him getting riled up on centre court but hawk eye was working against him that day.
“How in the world was that ball in? Shit! Look at the score now.”
Have I missed any notable on court rants you can think of? There's a couple I know of but I can't find the footage, if so let me know in the comments below.
Also, what's Roger's record in these matches where he's got annoyed? Well in this collection he's won 6 of the matches, and lost 3 of them. Maybe when I say Federer gets annoyed he loses isn't true after all 🙂