The 39-year-old was concerned in a heated trade with the chair referee after he was awarded a time violation for spending an excessive amount of time between factors.
A prolonged interview with the referee triggered with Federer clearly confused by the scenario. He’s then seen asking Cilic questions whereas he was on the web.
“I did not really feel like I used to be enjoying notably gradual […] I at all times really feel like I do not preserve my opponent ready lengthy, however clearly Marin needed to go sooner. Now, I did not notice it, “Federer mentioned, downplaying the incident.
“I simply really feel it was a misunderstanding on many ranges. I did not perceive it and I did not perceive it, and I feel I am simply new to the brand new tour.”
“It was very attention-grabbing to reside it. I put some vitality into the sport, which I preferred.”
Nonetheless, the heated debate didn’t forestall Federer from transferring to the third spherical at Roland Garros, ultimately beating Cilic 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2.
The Swiss lately returned from extreme knee surgical procedure final yr and has solely performed 3 times previously 17 months.
Forward of the most important on clay, Federer downplayed his probabilities of profitable the Grand Slam, however within the subsequent spherical he faces 59th-placed Germany’s Dominik Koepfer.