'With Rafael Nadal, the umpires are also always very...', says former ace



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'With Rafael Nadal, the umpires are also always very...', says former ace

There are less than 24 hours left and there is great anticipation for one of the most sensational events in the history of Italian tennis. The blue number one Matteo Berrettini has the chance to become the first Italian tennis player to reach the final at the Australian Open, the first Slam tournament of this 2022.

On his path, however, there is one of the Big Three, the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who has returned to this tournament and is 'hungry' for victories. In case of success, the Majorcan tennis player would have the opportunity to become the first male tennis player to reach 21 Grand Slam titles.

The two beat Gael Monfils and Denis Shapovalov respectively in the quarter-finals and will now face off to become the first finalist of the tournament. Both suffered a lot and won the match after a long battle in five sets, both of which recovered from the opening lead.

Former Italian tennis legend Nicola Pietrangeli spoke to Adrkonos's microphones and commented on the match giving his percentages on the match favorite. Here are his statements: “If Berrettini manages to serve as best he can, in my opinion against Rafael Nadal he is the favorite.

The Spaniard is very strong but he is no longer the player who defeated Matteo in three sets in the semifinal at the 2019 Us Open. Let's not forget that he is also back from several months off due to the injury and even against Shapovalov he went close to defeat”.

Pietrangeli appeared very optimistic about Berrettini's possible arrival in the final and indeed he does not underestimate him regarding a possible and sensational final victory.

Alex Corretja talks about Nadal

Tennis analyst and former player Alex Corretja has described Denis Shapovalov's claims that Rafael Nadal received favoritism from umpires as "strange" and "wrong."

The former World No. 2 believes Nadal is one of the players on tour who is most respectful of his rivals. "It is strange that he (Shapovalov) says that about Rafa when, for me, he is one of the most respectful players with his rivals, and I think he is also wrong about treatment in his favor," Corretja said.

"With Rafa, they (the umpires) are also always very attentive and alert him that he has to play faster. At the time, at the beginning of the second set, I think Shapovalov was a little tense," Corretja continued. "He started looking at the clock, and he saw that Rafa was not ready when he was playing very fast, and I think he wanted to speed up his pace."