WATCH: When Roger Federer Yelled “Shut Up” to the Fans at French Open

Published 05/22/2021, 5:44 AM CDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning a point during his Men’s Singles third round match against John Millman of Australia on day five of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


Tennis has had many greats, but rarely do they come close to the Swiss great, Roger Federer. Over the years, the Swiss ace has enjoyed tremendous success. However, he has had his fair share of losses too. He is known for his cool and calm demeanor, and he manages to maintain his composure even in the face of grave losses. 

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However, on a rare instance, Federer lost his cool and yelled at the crowd. It happened during his match quarterfinal match at Roland Garros against Juan Martin del Potro

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Roger Federer loses cool on a rare occasion

The moment occurred during the second-set tiebreaker and the Argentine was leading 5-4. At that point, a fan from the crowd yelled, which made Federer miss-hit a forehand shot as the ball landed on the net. It was a reaction of frustration and the disturbance from the crowd that added to his misery. 

He yelled “shut up” and it was something shocking, as we’ve never witnessed Roger react in such a manner. Luckily, the 2009 French Open champion ended up on the winning side and could brush aside that unfortunate moment. 

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 07: Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland embrace at the net after their mens singles semi-final match during Day thirteen of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on June 07, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Roger Federer’s journey at the 2012 Roland Garros ends in the semifinal

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After that win, Federer booked an appointment with Novak Djokovic in the semifinal. However, he lost the match in straight sets. The Swiss ace competed in the French capital in the following years but couldn’t go far into the tournament, having made it to the quarterfinal in 2013 and 2015. 

He was absent from the tournament for the next three years, from 2016-2018. In 2019, he was back again. While he put on some splendid performances, he eventually fell victim to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the semifinal. 

Now that he’s back on the Tour again after a lengthy period, it will be interesting to see how the Basel-born superstar performs at this year’s French Open. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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