Alexander Zverev apologized to Roger Federer at the net after their semifinals match in London but the Swiss does not believe the German should have necessarily done it. 'I'm not questioning Sascha's sportsmanship in any way', said Federer.
'I think, like I said before, it's a bold move by Sascha to stop the rally because the umpire can just say, Sorry, buddy, you're in the rally. I don't care. You lost the point. I didn't see it. That's where I just wanted to double-check with the umpire, what is the situation.
But not for a second there was a sportsmanship situation there. It was just totally an umpire's decision with the ball kid and the lines person, as well, just making sure they got the facts right. I don't know what the rule says.
I always thought it was an umpire's decision, not a player's decision. In practice we stop rallies all the time when balls come flying from the second court. Like this, in that kind of a circumstance, it was a tough one for everybody involved, also for Sascha.' Federer was also asked if Zverev can beat Djokovic on Sunday, but when the Serb was yet to start his match against Kevin Anderson.
'Novak is not in the finals yet. Even if he is, I think I answered the question, yeah. But anything is possible, for sure', the Basel native concluded. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title