Alexander Zverev let out all his frustration in a foul-mouthed rant at the umpire after a dubious line call during his French Open semi-final clash with Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The German, who ended up losing to the Greek star 6-3 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-3 in an epic five-set match, was absolutely livid over a decision from the umpire and line judge at a crucial point in the third set.
Holding a 5-3 lead with a break and with Tsitsipas serving, the initial line call following a deep forehand from the Greek was 'out'. The umpire leapt out of his chair and overruled, deeming that it was actually in.
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But Zverev was furious because he felt he was in position to make a play on the ball and that, in overruling, the umpire essentially gave Tsitsipas a point that was still to be contested - but for the initial call of 'out'.
It was a very contentious moment at a crucial point, and Zverev proceeded to let rip at the umpire in a furious rant at the net while also protesting to the match referee on the side of the court.
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"I was here!" Zverev shouted, pointing to where he was standing on the court, ready to make a play on the shot from Tsitsipas.
"How is that possible? How do you know that? How can you know that? You cannot tell me that call came before the shot. I hit it with the middle of my racket. It was not a frame shot.
How? You don't know. I hit a squash shot. You're telling me I had no chance of making that shot? You're telling me I had no chance of hitting the ball into the court? That's b*******!
"I hit it full power. I didn't even try to hit it back. How do you know?"
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Eurosport's Arvind Parmar explained: "This is where it is so difficult for the umpire. It's a judgement call. How do you know? Did it make a difference to the shot?
"If the call came late, then obviously not. Did it affect the shot? That is the question."
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Either way, Zverev responded superbly and gathered himself to hit a brilliant lob to win the resulting point in what was clearly a nod to the umpire after all that had preceded it.
Tsitsipas later sealed the win in five sets as he became the first Greek to make a final at a Grand Slam in the process, in what is an enormous moment for him and for Greece.
The 22-year-old has now amassed a tour-leading 39 match wins on the season, including 22 on clay courts and on Sunday he will attempt to win his first Grand Slam title. Either 13-time champion at Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal, or world number one Novak Djokovic will await him.
Tsitsipas, who was playing in his third successive Grand Slam semi-final, finally managed to go one step further as he battled past Zverev in three hours and 37 minutes to reach his maiden final in Sunday's showpiece.
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