Federer says Thiem right to fume over Serena press conference row

Federer says Thiem right to fume over Serena press conference row

That would seem to pave the way for another championship win for Naomi Osaka, the 21-year-old American who beat Williams in another stunning upset in the finals of the U.S. Open last year.

The 37-year-old Williams, seeded 10th, paid the price for her lack of match practice as she was playing in only her fifth tournament of the year, and her fightback in the middle of the second set was short-lived.

"It also shows a bad personality in my opinion".

"I am 100% sure Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal would never do something like that".

Therefore, they chose to curtail the reigning finalist, Thiem's press conference and they did not confer about it with either of the tennis players. "It's a joke - I have to leave the room because she's coming?" What the hell, I don't care. Well I'll leave also then.

"He is a male superstar".

"I just feel like there has been a weight on me, kind of", said Osaka, who was seeded No. 1 at a major tournament for the first time.


"Now, there must have sure been a misunderstanding or maybe they should have kept Serena still in the locker room, not waiting here in the press center".

"That's why I'm very much aware of what happened, and that's why we are laughing in the locker room about it now".

"I wasn't angry or frustrated".

"I just think it was an unfortunate situation that I thought was amusing and we joked about it just before", Federer said.

Dominic Thiem's reaction to having to move interview rooms to make way for Serena Williams was comical to Roger Federer.

The fatigue that Osaka said she felt against Siniakova might have been a result.

Federer, a 20-times Grand Slam champion, said he understood Thiem's frustration.


"That's really impolite", she was heard to say.

Keys, a semifinalist in Paris a year ago, advanced by beating qualifier Anna Blinkova 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4.

There was a backlash on social media over the incident.

In his later statements to Eurosport, he said that all players should have to wait.

The loss snapped Osaka's 16-match winning streak in Grand Slams after she won the 2018 U.S. Open and this year's Australian Open.

After a few moments, he left the second room, ending his own press conference, which came following his four-set win over Pablo Cuevas.


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