Boris Becker: Denis Shapovalov was right, Rafael Nadal wasn't ready within 45 seconds



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Boris Becker: Denis Shapovalov was right, Rafael Nadal wasn't ready within 45 seconds

Former world No. 1 Boris Becker believes Denis Shapovalov had the absolute right to complain since Rafael Nadal was visibly time-wasting. Shapovalov went on a rant at the start of the second set as was frustrated that chair umpire Carlos Bernardes was letting Nadal take too long between points.

Shapovalov told Bernardes "you guys are all corrupt." Shapovalov ended up losing in five sets to Nadal in the Australian Open quarterfinal. "If the umpire strictly follows the rules, Shapovalov is right," Becker told Eurosport Germany's 'Matchball Becker' show.

"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."

Mats Wilander weighs in on the Shapovalov reaction

"Shapovalov was obviously very emotional, most probably too emotional in my book," Wilander said. "At the same time, maybe he needed to get fired up. The way he talked to Rafa was respectful and then he got fired up about the chair umpires.

He came up against a mental giant. "I don't mind this if it is done in the proper way. I think you have to read between the lines, it's just 'this guy is taking too long - I don't care who it is, you guys have to follow the rules'"

Here is the full exchange between Shapovalov and chair umpire Bernardes. 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!"