‘We have a clock’
Rafael Nadal has denied claims from Denis Shapovalov that he receives preferential treatment from umpires.
He said: “I really believe that it’s always in the mind that the top players get bigger advantages and, honestly, on court it’s not true.
“That’s my feeling. I never feel that I had advantages on court, and I really believe that he’s wrong in that case. In the last couple of years we have a clock, we increase the measures to make the things more fair for everyone.
“I honestly feel sorry for him. I think he played a great match for a long time.
“Of course, it’s tough to accept to lose a match like this, especially after I was feeling destroyed and probably he felt that, and then I was able to manage to win the match.
“I wish him all the very best. He’s young, and I think we all make mistakes in our careers.
“I make a lot of mistakes, too, when I was younger, and probably he will understand later on after he thinks the proper way that probably he was not right today.”