Rafael Nadal responded to an accusation from McEnroe, who suggested in commentary that the Spaniard gets preferential treatment from the tour umpires. When told of the comment by a journalist at the post-match press conference, Rafa was less than impressed.
“I think it’s a joke,” Rafa replied.
“I went through a lot of warnings in my tennis career. Never for breaking the racquet… but yes for the time clock.
“I have a problem, that I am sweating a lot, and when you are playing a game during these very humid conditions, we have the biggest problem today. We don’t have the ballboys bringing the towel to you, so you have to go to the farthest place on the court.
“For players like me, I am sweating that much, you know when you go to pick up the towel you’re going to be in trouble with the time, so I’m not going very often.
“I don’t think I have different treatment from the umpires at all. I don’t think I am receiving different treatment at all. I don’t understand why John can say that on the TV.
“I’m going to have a chat to him later.”