Roger Federer says Serena Williams 'went too far' in US Open outburst

Roger Federer of Switzerland serves the ball to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their semifinal match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament

Roger Federer of Switzerland serves the ball to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their semifinal match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament

"It's a mélange of all things, but at some point, I feel like Serena should have walked away".

Elsewhere in the interview, Federer discussed the black catsuit Williams wore at the 2018 French Open, an outfit she said made her feel like a "Warrior princess" from the hit movie Black Panther. "She went too far. She should have walked earlier", he said.

The tennis great elaborated on his thoughts, saying that Williams' actions were "a little bit excusable" as the umpire appeared to antagonize her during the protestations.

He told the paper: "The umpire maybe should not have pushed her there. It's unfortunate, but an incredible case study", Federer added.

At the change of ends, Williams was penalised a third time for calling Ramos a "thief" for "stealing a point" from her, resulting in a game penalty to fall further behind at 3-5.

The code violations and the reactions of Williams were widely reported in the subsequent days, with Australian newspaper The Herald Sun lampooning her in a "racist and misogynistic" cartoon that grossly exaggerated her features.

Williams's outburst in the second set of the US Open final overshadowed Naomi Osaka's 6-2, 6-4 victory, in what was the 20-year-old's maiden appearance in a Grand Slam final.

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She was further censured for smashing her racquet and for the "liar" and "thief" accusations.

The incident and the ensuing row resulted in a game penalty and a $17,000 fine by the United States Tennis Association for Williams, and divided tennis by triggering a debate about sexism in the sport.

"What was the problem with taking the T-shirt off, or the catsuit?" he shrugs.

However, Federer believed that Ramos perhaps should have taken a more considered approach in presiding over a heated grand slam final.

"Serena has worn crazier stuff in the past".

Williams argued that she was being treated differently than a man would be in the same situation and that she had repeatedly been a target of U.S. Open umpires. Guys have worn crazier stuff. For me, it was a bit of nonsense.

'I was totally on the women's side. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

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