More on PorterGate:
After Federer won a close 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory – a match that he seemed about to coast through uneventfully when he led 6-3, 2-1 and love-40 on Roddick's serve – some reports claimed he was able to ignore the vociferous Porter and go on to win the match.
Well, that was not entirely true. Coming out of a change-over early in the third set, the usually unflappable Federer said something like, “Can't you make him stay in his seat?” to umpire Gerry Armstrong. The British official replied that he had already said something. Then Federer responded with, “I'm looking right at him.”
Clearly Porter was getting to the world No. 2.
It might have been a bigger issue had Federer lost. Later, neither he nor Roddick was asked about it during their post-match media conferences.
The Florida Sun Sentinel quoted Porter as saying about his tennis experience, “I knew about the scoring system. What I didn't know about was there is a little golf tendency about it. You're supposed to be quiet and I caught myself yelling at the wrong time. I picked up a little bit of etiquette today.''
Man, I wish Mo had been the umpire. I would have loved to see him handle the situation. All I know is he would be fabulous.
And for the record, I don't think there is anything wrong with fans going nuts between points and on the changeover. During the points and between serves? Bad. Any other time? Go nuts. That said, I do hate the J Block, but that's mainly because I think they're a bunch of assholes.