'Rafael Nadal wasn't ready' - Becker backs 'right' Denis Shapovalov over time-wasting fury at Australian Open
"If the umpire strictly follows the rules, Shapovalov is right," Boris Becker told Eurosport Germany's 'Matchball Becker' show after the Canadian's angry rants at Rafael Nadal taking too much time and getting away with it. "The server decides how fast you play. Nadal was not ready to return within 45 seconds. But players like Nadal and also Djokovic or Federer have earned a certain status."
'You guys are all corrupt!' - Shapovalov in angry outburst at umpire over Nadal conduct
Boris Becker has backed Denis Shapovalov after his angry rant at both Rafael Nadal and the umpire 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".
With a 1-0 lead in the second set, having lost the opener 6-3, Shapovalov yelled at the umpire for not handing Nadal a code violation for taking too much time between points.
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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