Alexander Zverev involved in heated row with umpire Alison Hughes over a tight line call in his French Open quarter final… before going on to claim a straight sets win and become the first German to reach the last four at Roland Garros since 1996
- Alexander Zverev was involved in a heated row with an umpire at Roland Garros
- The German decided to call a shout by his opponent out during the quarter-final
- But the umpire, Brit Alison Hughes, disagreed and believed the ball was in play
- Zverev was exasperated and protested with the official before going on to win
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The German, who went on to book his place in the last four with a straight sets win, was left furious with a a close line call during his encounter with Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
Zverev chose to make his own decision and called a wide backhand from Fokina out during a point in the fourth game of the match, which would have given the 24-year-old a break of serve.
Alexander Zverev was involved in a heated row with an umpire at the French Open on Thursday
The German was left furious with a close line call against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
After calling the ball out, umpire Alison Hughes inspected the mark and said the ball was in
Zverev was furious with the call and protested with the official before play got back underway
But the umpire, Britain’s Alison Hughes, climbed down from her seat to inspect the ball mark and did not agree with Zverev’s decision that the ball was out.
Believing she had looked at the wrong mark on the court, Zverev rushed back towards the mark and said: ‘No, no, no! It’s here! No!’
But as Hughes returned to her seat and declared it was not a full mark, the German crouched to his knees and protested.
He said: ‘I never complain about much – if you say it’s in or out I always agree. But how do you call this in?
Hughes replied: ‘For me it is not a complete mark.’
Zverev, still not convinced with her decision, replied: ‘I understand that for you it’s in because you say it’s in, but it is not!’
After play resumed, Zverev cruised into the semi-finals with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 win over Fokina.
After play resumed, Zverev cruised into the semi-finals with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 win over Fokina
He became the first German to reach the last four at Roland Garros since Michael Stich in 1996
Sixth seed Zverev became the first German to reach the last four at Roland Garros since Michael Stich in 1996.
He was simply too good for the world No 46, who managed to hold serve only three times for his first appearance on court Philippe Chatrier.
After a tense opening set in which both players had struggled to hold serve, world number six Zverev stepped up a gear as the Spaniard faltered.
Another double break in the third set saw Zverev move 4-1 ahead before Davidovich Fokina failed to hold again as the German took his place in the last four, completing a comfortable victory in one hour and 38 minutes.
Zverev will face either Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas or world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev of Russia.
‘Obviously it’s very nice to be in the semi-finals but that doesn’t satisfy me,’ said Zverev.
‘I’ve been playing better and better and now we’ll see what happens next.’