‘He is wrong’: Nadal hits back after Shapovalov accuses him of getting ‘unfair’ advantages

‘He is wrong’: Rafa fires back after star’s special treatment claim

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25/01/2022 1:17:00 PM

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‘He is wrong’: Rafa fires back after star’s special treatment claim

“Of course. 100 per cent he does,” he said.“100 per cent.”Nadal though had a very different view when asked about it on Tuesday.“Me, personally or just the top players?” he began, clarifying what exactly Shapovalov said.“No. Not in that case. I really believe that on the court you don’t deserve better treatment than others and I don’t want it and I don’t feel I have it.

“Without a doubt, as everyone knows, I have huge respect for Carlos [Bernardes]. I don’t think that is the case.“I really believe sometimes it is always in the mind that the top players get bigger advantages and honestly on court that is not true. That is my feeling. I never felt I had advantages on court and really believe he is wrong.”

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In case there was any doubt what Shapovalov was suggesting, he was then asked if he feels like Nadal “gets preferential treatment because of who he is”. “Of course. 100 per cent he does,” he said. “100 per cent.” Nadal though had a very different view when asked about it on Tuesday. “Me, personally or just the top players?” he began, clarifying what exactly Shapovalov said. “No. Not in that case. I really believe that on the court you don’t deserve better treatment than others and I don’t want it and I don’t feel I have it. “Without a doubt, as everyone knows, I have huge respect for Carlos [Bernardes]. I don’t think that is the case. “I really believe sometimes it is always in the mind that the top players get bigger advantages and honestly on court that is not true. That is my feeling. I never felt I had advantages on court and really believe he is wrong.” Denis Shapovalov said Nadal gets preferential treatment. (Photo by MICHAEL ERREY / AFP) Source: AFP Nadal went on to add he felt “sorry” for Shapovalov given the heartbreaking fashion of his five-set defeat, hinting emotions could have influenced his post-match comments. “He played a great match for a long time and of course it is tough to accept to lose a match like this,” Nadal added. “I felt destroyed and obviously he felt like that. I wish him all the best. He’s young and everybody makes mistakes in our careers. I made a lot of mistakes and probably he will understand later on when he thinks the proper way he was not right.” Shapovalov though certainly did not feel that way, arguing what he perceived as preferential treatment for Nadal on Tuesday was far from a one-off. “Every other match that I have played, the pace has been so quick because the refs have been on the clock after every single point,” he said. “This one, I mean, after the first two sets it was like an hour and a half just because he’s dragged out so much after every single point. He’s given so much time in between sets and all this. It’s just dragged out.” It was not just that incident — or those that happened in this match either — with the Canadian then pointing to another similar controversy last year in a meeting with Nadal. ‘SINK P**S’: