Daily Star|January 26, 2022
Shapovalov cries foul over Nadal treatment

RAFA NADAL hit back at Denis Shapovalov after the Canadian accused the Spanish superstar of enjoying special treatment from umpires.

The world No.6 stayed on course for a male record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open with a roller-coaster five-set win over Shapovalov.

But the Canadian No.14, who smashed his racket on the court after the gut-wrenching defeat, repeatedly clashed with Brazilian umpire Carlos Bernardes during a stormy encounter.

First he complained that the Spaniard was taking too much time to get ready to receive his serve – and demanded the Brazilian umpire penalise Nadal with a code violation.

As Shapovalov returned to the baseline, he shouted: “You guys are all corrupt. You guys are all corrupt.”

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