Shapovalov claims that Rafael Nadal is given preferential treatment


Denis Shapovalov claimed after losing to Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open quarter-finals that the Spaniard is "100%" given preferential treatment by umpires.

Shapovalov was dissatisfied with the amount of time Nadal appeared to be taking between points and complained to umpire Carlos Bernardes twice.

"I think it's unfair how much Rafa gets away with," Shapovalov said. In response, Nadal, 35, stated, "I believe he is wrong in this case."

Shapovalov, 22, lost in five sets to Nadal, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, at Melbourne Park on Tuesday after rallying from a two-set deficit. Shapovalov requested a time violation from Bernardes at the start of the second set.

When the official refused, Shapovalov yelled, "You guys are all corrupt!"

In his post-match press conference, 14th seed Shapovalov admitted that he "misspoke" during the match because his emotions were running high, but that he still stood by the wider point.

Players have 25 seconds between shots and two minutes between sets, all of which are timed by a shot clock.

When asked if he believes Nadal is given preferential treatment, Shapovalov replied, "Of course - 100 percent he does, 100 percent." Every other match I've played has been incredibly fast because the refs have been on the clock after every single point.

"I respect everything Rafa has done, and I think he's an incredible player," Shapovalov added. But there must be some limits, some ground rules.

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