AustraliaDenis Shapovalov was upset because Rafael Nadal was not penalized for prolonging the time between the balls, in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on the afternoon of January 25.
After losing the first set 3-6, Shapovalov delivered the first game of the second set. He got into position and was about to toss the ball but Nadal turned back to the back of the court. The 25-second limit for Shapovalov was running out and the Canadian tennis player approached referee Carlos Bernandes to complain.
“The clock is running long, but he’s still not ready for the ball,” Shapovalov told referee Bernandes. “You need to punish him.”
The referee replied: “He didn’t play because you came towards me to talk”. Shapovalov said, “You are all spoiled.” The Canadian tennis player then requested punishment for the 36-year-old senior. “For what?”, Mr. Bernandes asked and said there was no reason to penalize Nadal.
In the next game, Shapovalov continued to show his disappointment because his senior took a long time to prepare for the serve. With a few seconds left on Nadal’s serve timer, Shapovalov put his hands on his hands and shook his head at the referee. Mr. Bernandes stopped the match and asked the 22-year-old talent: “What are you doing? He still has eight seconds and you look at me. Why are you looking at me? What do you want? You have to play. We have a stopwatch. “. The two tennis players then went up to the net to talk. Nadal seems to be trying to appease the anger of his juniors.
During the post-match press conference, Shapovalov apologized for using the word “spoiled” to refer to the referee and Nadal, but believed he was being treated unfairly. When a reporter asked if Nadal was favored for being a famous name, Shapovalov replied: “Yes. 100% of it is.”
Nadal has a different view of juniors. He said in a press conference: “I don’t think I’m treated any differently than the rest of the players, when we’re on the court together. Shapovalov got it wrong. He’s young, it’s hard to accept defeat after five sets. like this. I respect Mr. Bernandes, but I get no favors.”
The 25-second shot clock limit was introduced at the 2018 US Open, which Nadal opposed when the rule was passed by the ATP Tour. The 20 Grand Slam owner belongs to the group of players who spend the most time serving the ATP.
Nadal won Shapovalov in the first two sets, but lost the next two sets. At the end of the fourth set, the Spaniard asked the referee to enter the dressing room. He spent a few minutes in it, then returned to the field and won the set 6-3, closing a game that was over four hours long.
In the semi-finals, Nadal faced Matteo Berrettini, who also took five sets to beat 17th seed Gael Monfils. The remaining two quarter-finals will take place on January 26, Jannik Sinner vs Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev vs Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Vy Anh (follow Fox)