August 9, 2020

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The drama began when a wire-service story mistakenly attributed and exaggerated a quote about Roger Federer made by Madrid Open president Gerald Tsobanian to incoming tournament director Feliciano Lopez.

After that, Federer and Djokovic fans and the vapor of social media got steamed up.

Lopez sought to clarify the situation on Twitter.

And he took issue with Tennis Channel’s coverage (they may well not have seen the Spanish-language video).

Lopez particularly considered that putting up a graphic of the Federer-Lopez head-to-head as part of the report was a bit of a cheap shot.