Wilander: "Rafael Nadal may have some privileges"



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Wilander: "Rafael Nadal may have some privileges"

Speaking to Eurosport, Mats Wilander analyzed Rafael Nadal's performance at the Australian Open 2022 and he came back to talk about Denis Shapovalov's quarterfinal match protests. Wilander said: "Rafael Nadal is scheduled on Rod Laver Arena because he deserves to play there.

As for the alleged preferential treatment that Rafa would enjoy, there is not much to say. It is not fair, but it is something that characterizes all sports. Champions are granted some privileges due to their status. Over time, Denis Shapovalov will find that he has exaggerated.

It is true that Nadal often takes too long between points, but this shouldn't interfere with your tactical plan. You can't lose your head over such a silly issue:" Tim Henman echoed: "Shapovalov's frustration was one of the keys to the match.

The Canadian was unable to keep his nerve and Rafa took the opportunity to place the winning paw. Denis used the word 'corrupt', but I don't think he meant such a serious thing."

Rafael Nadal's Australian Open 2022

Few imagined that Rafael Nadal would reach the semifinals in this edition of the Australian Open 2022.

The expulsion of Novak Djokovic from the country certainly helped the Spanish champion, who had been drawn in the same segment of the board as ATP number 1. The Majorcan did not come to Melbourne with high expectations, having just come back from a long stop caused by a foot injury.

Nadal played the pittance of seven official tournaments last year, while still putting a couple of trophies on his beloved clay court. The choice to play the Melbourne ATP 250 in early January proved to be a smart move, allowing the 20-time Grand Slam champion to get used to the surface and the weather.

To separate him from the umpteenth final in a Major is only Matteo Berrettini, already beaten in the semifinal of the US Open 2019. The Italian is experiencing the best moment of his career and intends to sell his skin dearly.