While tied 2–2, an enraged Zverev stormed over to the chair umpire, accusing a fan of shouting the notorious Hitler salute “Deutschland über alles.”
James Keothavong, the chair umpire, sprang into action, demanding over the microphone that the fan identify themselves. Security then began searching the stands.
Minutes later, cameras caught a man being ejected from his seat by police as boos rang out across the stadium.
After his grueling 4 hour victory, Zverev told reporters the fan “started singing the anthem of Hitler that was back in the day.”
Zverev, still steaming, added the fan received their “just desserts” by missing the match’s thrilling conclusion.
The disturbing incident follows complaints of unruly, intoxicated fans disrupting play throughout the tournament. Stars like Frances Tiafoe blame “70% of the fans just being absolutely drunk.”
Zverev will next face defending champion Carlos Alcaraz, who looks to continue his red hot form after his historic Wimbledon victory. But the shadow of the fan’s alleged xenophobic slur lingers over the tournament.