The quarter-finals match at the Cincinnati Masters between Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka was an intense and a very balanced one. The world No. 2 had a hot conversation with the umpire Fergus Murphy over a line call during the third game of the second set, when Wawrinka was leading 7-6 1-1 30-0 on serve.
Wawrinka hit a forehand passing shot that apparently ended up out, the lineswoman called it but the umpire didn't hear. Wawrinka would then hold at love and at the changeover Federer complained with umpire. 'I didn't hear anything, I called 40-0', Murphy explained.
'The one on the line, the one that came cross-court...' Federer replied: 'Yeah, she called it out. So go ask her.' Murphy: 'I didn't hear anything. I can ask her.' Federer then explained: 'She pulled it up.
I saw her. Look at her, because the ball was just there. How can you not hear her. If you follow the ball, you see her. What do you mean you didn't hear her? She said it and she showed it. Don't tell me you didn't hear it.
It should have been 30-15. She called it out.' Murphy: 'Yeah but I didn't hear any noise.' Federer then further commented: 'She said it and she is showing it. Just say, I am sorry. Okay?' Murphy again.
'Well I am sorry, I didn't hear it, I thought the ball was in.' Federer finally ended joking: 'Ok. Thank you, I didn't see it as well. Two of two.' Earlier this year Federer argued with Murphy both during the Australian Open quarter-finals win against Tomas Berdych and the Indian Wells final against Juan Martin del Potro.
When Murphy umpires Roger's matches, tense moments can happen often.