Federer: 'I don't know what went wrong between Thiem and Serena Williams'

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Federer: 'I don't know what went wrong between Thiem and Serena Williams'

Roger Federer commented on Dominic Thiem being forced to leave the interview room on Saturday as Serena Williams did not want to wait long. The Swiss said: "Something must have happened, you know, that this situation happened.

You know, I don't know what went wrong, but something went wrong for this to happen. I think there is, with all the players, always a way to go that, you know, the one who is still in the tournament gets priority. Anyway, that's how I see it.

If I would have lost today against Mayer, I would let Mayer go first or decide when he wants to go to press as he's got the next match. My next match is far, far away. So that's just the way you go about it. Now, there must have surely been a misunderstanding or maybe they should have kept Serena still in the locker room, not waiting here in the press center.

I don't know exactly what happened. I understand Dominic's frustration. For him, it's just about how in the world did this happen? I don't think he's mad at Serena or anybody. I just think it was an unfortunate situation that I thought was funny (laughter) and we joked about it just before.

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. But at the moment I'm sure I understand his, like, What is going on? It's a joke. How he said it, it was great.

I love his accent (laughter). In German, too, by the way, not just in English. And he knows that."