Canadian Denis Shapovalov complained during and after the quarterfinal match that Rafael Nadal was being allowed more time between points than permitted.
Our champ rejected Shapovalov’s accusations of favoritism and said it was standard practice to take a bit more time to change clothes and equipment after a set played in such steamy conditions.
I really believe that it’s always in the mind that the top players get bigger advantages and, honestly, on court it’s not true.
That’s my feeling. I never feel that I had advantages on court, and I really believe that he’s wrong in that case. In the last couple of years we have a clock, we increase the measures to make the things more fair for everyone.
I think he really was wrong. When you lose a match like this, you are frustrated. I have a lot of affection for Denis. I think he’s a good guy with lots of talent, the talent to win multiple Grand Slams. In no way do I want to get in an argument with him. But I think he’s wrong. He’s young and when one is young, one makes mistakes.
Rafa also said that the rules had been tightened in recent seasons to make it harder to show favoritism to the elite or any player because of the advent of electronic line-calling, shot clocks between points and, this season, stricter time limits on toilet breaks.
Sources: New York Times, Eurosport, WWOS