STOCKHOLM, (Reuters) – The Swedish Open tennis semi-final between Fernando Verdasco and David Ferrer was briefly disrupted yesterday when a spectator walked on to the court and shouted a Nazi slogan.
Wearing a black T-shirt and tan trousers, the man calmly walked on during the second set before raising his right arm, fist clenched, and shouting “Hell Seger!”, a Swedishtranslation of the Nazi slogan “Sieg Heil”.
The umpire stopped play and the man was led away by security guards. Play resumed after a brief interruption.
The disruption occurred with Ferrer leading his fellow Spaniard by one set to love. Verdasco bounced back to win the second set but Ferrer took the decider for a 6-1 6-7(3) 6-4 victory and will meet Alexandr Dolgopolov in today’s final.