'Corrupt' claims at umpire over Rafael Nadal time-wasting at Australian Open 'wrong, strange' - Alex Corretja
"It is strange that he [Denis Shapovalov] says that about Rafa when, for me, he is one of the most respectful players with his rivals, and I think he is also wrong about treatment in his favour," Alex Corretja told Eurosport Spain about the Nadal time-wasting accusations. "He is wrong, saying that he [the umpire] is corrupt, and saying that he gives a 100 per cent favourable treatment [to Nadal]."
'You guys are all corrupt!' - Shapovalov in angry outburst at umpire over Nadal conduct
Alex Corretja has backed Rafael Nadal and the umpire after Denis Shapovalov's angry rant during their fiery quarter-final at the Australian Open.
Absolutely livid at what he felt was the 2009 champion at Melbourne Park's constant time-wasting, the Canadian flew into an angry exchange with the umpire where he accused the official of being "corrupt".
Eurosport expert Corretja has responded by saying that he feels the 22-year-old was "wrong" with his "strange" reaction to the apparent rule-breaking from his Spanish compatriot.
"It is strange that he [Shapovalov] says that about Rafa when, for me, he is one of the most respectful players with his rivals, and I think he is also wrong about treatment in his favour," Corretja told Eurosport Spain.
"With Rafa, they [the umpires] are also always very attentive and alert him that he has to play faster. At the time, at the beginning of the second set, I think Shapovalov was a little tense. He started looking at the clock, and he saw that Rafa was not ready when he was playing very fast, and I think he wanted to speed up his pace.
"He is wrong, saying that he [the umpire] is corrupt, and saying that he gives a 100% favourable treatment [to Nadal]. I think that Shapovalov has got it wrong, beyond the fact that I love the way he plays.
"I think that an opportunity has escaped him, and he has also felt that. In my opinion, his frustration later in the press conference came from that."
Another exchange between Shapovalov and the umpire involved Nadal, who was serving at the time, and on this occasion it was the official who began after he felt he was being called out again.
‘What do you want?’ - Umpire hits back at Shapovalov for criticising him over Nadal
Umpire: "What do you want?"
Shapovalov: "What are you looking at?"
Umpire: "You were looking at me; there were eight seconds to play. What do you want? Why are you looking at me like I need to watch the ... you have the shot clock. So this ... it disturbs me."
Shapovalov and Nadal then had words with each other at the net while the Canadian continued to rant at the official in the searing Melbourne heat.
The Spaniard went on to clinch a dramatic five-set victory, 6-3 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-3, and reach the semi-finals at Melbourne Park for the seventh time in his illustrious career.
The 35-year-old Nadal is seeking to not only win his second title at Melbourne Park this fortnight, but also to pull away from rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer with a 21st Grand Slam singles title.
'It's unfair how much Rafa is getting away with' - Shapovalov on time-wasting anger
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