Andy Roddick has brutal verdict after French Open final controversy

Roddick reacts to a wrong call that was made against Alexander Zverev in the key moments of the French Open final.

by Dzevad Mesic
Andy Roddick has brutal verdict after French Open final controversy
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Andy Roddick delivered a brutal take after a controversial call robbed Alexander Zverev of getting a break back in the fifth set of the French Open final as the 2003 US Open champion says it's time "to bring in the machines full time."

Down by a break early in the fifth set, Zverev had a pair of break points in the fourth game when Carlos Alcaraz's first serve was called out, as well as the Spaniard's second set. But the game wasn't over after chair umpire Renaud Lichenstein intervened and overturned the call, which gave Alcaraz a chance to serve again - and the 21-year-old ended up winning that game and going 3-1 up before completing a 6-3 2-6 5-7 6-1 6-2 win.

Moments after umpire Lichenstein decided to overturn the call on Alcaraz's second serve a TV replay showed that the Spaniard's serve was out by a minimal margin.

Alexander Zverev and Renaud Lichenstein
Alexander Zverev and Renaud Lichenstein © Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

"Players normally right. Shotspot showed Zverev saw mark correct way... Cant replace real life playing reps when reading marks correctly. Good riddance to these umpires trying. Bring in the machines full time," Roddick wrote on X.

Zverev received support from Roddick, fans after a controversial call

The controversial call in the Zverev match led to many pointing out that using the hawk-eye live technology at every tournament would never allow something like this to happen. 

And after his French Open final loss, a dejected Zverev told reporters that he heard what TV screen showed after the umpire overturned an out call on Alcaraz's second set. Then, Zverev said something like that maybe could have made "a deciding difference."

"There's a difference whether you're down 3-1 in the fifth set or you're back to two-all. That's a deciding difference," Zverev underlined. 

"It's frustrating in the end, but it is what it is. Umpires make mistakes. They're also human and that's okay. But of course in a situation like that, you wish there wouldn't be mistakes."

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