Denis Shapovalov, a tennis player from Canada, has repeated his claim that Rafael Nadal enjoys special treatment from the authorities. The 20-time Grand Slam champion defeated Shapovalov, 22, in a tight five-set quarterfinal match at the Australian Open. The final score was 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3.
After surrendering the first set, a frustrated Shapovalov complained to chair umpire Carlos Bernardes about Nadal’s lethargic play and the lack of interference from the official. “He isn’t even close to being game ready.
Honestly, do you think I’d fall for that? You’re all corrupt, you’re all corrupt, “In the beginning of the second set, Shapovalov revealed his plan to Bernardes. With the help of a stomach complaint to Nadal, Shapovalov was able to mount a comeback and win the third and fourth sets before the Spaniard came back and won the decisive fifth set.
Shapovalov Commented on His Criticism to the Media After the Game.
“I’m ready to play and the clock is ticking towards zero, I look at the ump and obviously I’m going to speak up and say something, I’ve been ready to play for a minute and a half and he tells me he’s not going to give him a code violation because I’m not ready to play,” Shapovalov said.
Just a gigantic joke,” he said. When I requested a medical timeout last year, the umpire refused my request because the other player had already taken two medicals, and the ump then revealed that the other player had been checked for medical issues after the fourth set, before leaving the court for a bathroom break.
“I mean, seriously, where do we draw the line? So, exactly where are you going to trample the players? There isn’t a single thing Rafa’s done that I don’t admire… , but there must be limits and regulations.
“As a player, you feel like you’re up against so much more than simply the other team,” said one commentator. Shapovalov was unequivocal when asked if he thought Nadal received special treatment from the officials.
“One Hundred Percent he does,” he Emphasised.
“After the first two sets, it was an hour and a half just because it’s drawn out so much after every single point, he’s given so much time,” said the player who had just finished complaining about how long the match had gone.
But, Shapovalov then moderated his earlier comments casting doubt on Bernardes’ honesty. He then added, “It’s undoubtedly emotional, but I do stand by my side,” clarifying that he now believed he had made a mistake in describing him as corrupt.
In my Opinion, Rafa is Getting away with Way too Much.
Although Shapovalov can only look back on lost opportunities, Nadal resumes his pursuit of a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam.
Losing that game really stinks. I really thought I had it in the palm of my hand,” he declared.
“In the third, fourth, and fifth sets, I thought I played better and had more opportunities; I lost all but one game.
That’s terrible, yet the tournament was successful for me.