Denis Shapovalov was upset at the amount of time taken between points by Rafael Nadal during their Australian Open quarter-final clash on Tuesday.
After losing a grueling five-setter, Shapovalov said claimed that Nadal is given an unfair advantage by umpires in terms of the time he is allowed between points and the break he took after the fourth set.
“It’s like, where is the line? I respect everything that Rafa has done and I think he’s an unbelievable player. But there’s got to be some boundaries,” the Canadian said.
Asked if he feels Nadal receives preferential treatment, Shapovalov replied: “Of course. One hundred per cent he does.”
Nadal, the sixth seed, edged the Canadian 14th seed 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 in 4hr 8min of thrilling action on Rod Laver Arena.
In the semi-finals, Nadal will meet Italian seventh seed Matteo Berrettini who survived a rollercoaster five-setter of his own to overcame Gael Monfils of France 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2.
WATCH Shapovalov’s press conference in the video clip below:
Picture: Denis Shapovalov – Aus Open/Twitter