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Nadal threatens umpire for applying time violation rule
Nadal threatens umpire for applying time violation rule
04-Jun-17 Alex Boyden 
 

Rafa lost his cool during his match against Roberto Bautista Agut. VIDEO

 
 
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Rafael Nadal is displaying an impressive tennis at the Roland Garros after he conceded just 20 games in the first four rounds. The Spaniard is in vintage mode also with his “old foe”: the time violation. In slams, you need to serve within 20 seconds from the last point, and this is a rule that the Spanish legend tends to forget a bit too much as he often averages between 27 and 30 seconds in between points.

What happened

During his match against Roberto Bautista Agut, Rafa received a time violation from Carlos Ramos. The Spaniard didn’t take it nicely to say to Carlos

“You can keep giving me those warnings but you are not going to be in the chair for me again.”

Ramos was not afraid about that to penalize Rafa of his serve for the same offense later.

We are not machine

During the post-match press conference, Rafa commented

“I respect him a lot, but it should work both ways. I’m telling you this with some type of sadness because I don’t want to have any problems. But this umpire is trying, in a certain way, to look for my faults, my errors. This is the impression I have.

Some dictate things or give their calls in a certain way. Other umpires have different styles. It happened in the past.

I remember this pressure in the past because I take time before I serve. But if you want to play well, you have to let players breathe a little. We’re not machines.

Theoretically, the umpires are here to analyze the match, and they are not here to use the stopwatch. Otherwise, we should have a stopwatch on the court. That’s the whole point.”

A rule is a rule

Of course, we love Rafa, but a rule is a rule, even a “stupid” one. Otherwise, what’s the point of having rules?

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Matteo
 
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Originally Posted by GH
Rafa deserved it, and more !

He should look at himself and compare with others. Why can`t he keep it in 20 secs like most of the players. Be a TRUE professional.
Absolutely agree. He did the same with Carlos Bernardes. He can;t have friendly umpires that allow him to break the rules. This is insane.
 Reply 05-Jun-2017
GH
 
Rafa deserved it, and more !

He should look at himself and compare with others. Why can`t he keep it in 20 secs like most of the players. Be a TRUE professional.
 Reply 05-Jun-2017
Robert
 
A guy like Rafa cannot threaten an umpire like this. Every umpire wants to serve big matches and being banned by Rafa would prevent them from their dreams. This is completely unfair and actually Rafa should receive a hefty fine for that.
 Reply 05-Jun-2017
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