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Nadal blasted

Denis Shapovalov claimed Rafael Nadal received preferential treatment during their five-set encounter.

The beaten Canadian, who labelled the umpire “corrupt” during the match but later retracted the comment, said: “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. To me, it’s a big joke.

“And then after the fourth set, last year I wasn’t allowed to take a toilet break when I asked for a medical.

“He had already taken two medicals. He was getting medically evaluated, and after the evaluation, the guy goes and takes a toilet break.

“It’s like, where is the line? I respect everything that Rafa has done and I think he’s an unbelievable player. But there’s got to be some boundaries.

“It’s just so frustrating as a player. You feel like you’re not just playing against the player, you’re playing against the umpires, you’re playing against so much more.”



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