Denis Shapovalov claims Rafael Nadal received preferential treatment during their five-set encounter.
The defeated Canadian, who labeled the umpire as “spoiled” during the match but later withdrew his comment, saying: “I was ready to play in a minute and a half and he told me to. that he wouldn’t let him break the rules because I wasn’t ready to play.To me, it was a big joke.
“And after the fourth set, last year, I wasn’t allowed to take a toilet break when it was medically required.
“He took two drugs. He is being medically evaluated, and after the evaluation, he goes and goes to the bathroom.
“It was like, where are the lines? I respect everything that Rafa has done and I think he’s an unbelievable player. But there must be some boundaries.
“It’s frustrating as a player. You feel like you’re not just playing against the players, you’re playing against the referee, you’re playing against so much more.”
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