Former world No. 1 Boris Becker thinks Denis Shapovalov was right to call Rafael Nadal out, saying the Spaniard was in the wrong.
Shapovalov and Nadal got into a verbal battle thanks to the latter’s time wasting. It angered Shapovalov to the point where he ranted against the referees for allowing his opponent to waste time and take his momentum away.
At the start of the second set, the player was frustrated that chair umpire Carlos Bernardes was letting Nadal take too long between points. A visibly angry Shapovalov proceeded to call the umpire and everyone involved corrupt, something that didn’t sit well with the authorities.
However, Becker thinks Shapovalov was right to call Nadal out, saying he fully deserved what came his way.
“If the umpire strictly follows the rules, Shapovalov is right,” Becker told Eurosport Germany’s ‘Matchball Becker’ show, as quoted by Tennis World USA.
“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 – nevertheless, you have to follow up on that.”
The following is the full exchange between Shapovalov and the umpire:
Shapovalov: “You started the clock like 45 seconds ago and he is not ready to play. You started the clock like so long ago and he is still not ready to play. You’ve gotta code him.”
Umpire: “Yeah. I code him now, now you are not ready to play?”
Shapovalov: “Code him!”
Umpire: “For what?”
Shapovalov: “He’s not ready to play!”
Umpire: “Yeah but you are not ready to play, because you came to talk to me.”
Shapovalov: “Are you kidding me?”
Umpire: “I’m not kidding you.”
Shapovalov: “You guys are all corrupt! You guys are all corrupt!”