Rosol takes a swipe at Nadal

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iol spt june26 Rafa REUTERS Rafael Nadal celebrates beating Lukas Rasool. Photo by: Max Rossi/Reuters

Lukas Rosol hit out at Rafael Nadal's slow pace in their Wimbledon second round clash, claiming the sport's big stars are not sanctioned enough.

The time allowed between points is 25 seconds but Rosol believes Nadal was constantly breaking that rule in his 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 6-4 defeat.

“I think all the players should have the same time between the points. But always the best players, they're taking much more than the normal players, and nobody is telling them nothing. I don't know why,” said the 28-year-old Czech.

“When the game starts it was not 30 seconds. It was one minute always.

“He is doing all his rituals. Somebody has to tell them something. It's not my fault. I said to the referee if it's still okay, and he was saying to me, yes, it was fine.”

Nadal, who has often received warnings for the time he takes between points, was also accused of benefitting from good fortune in the match.

“In the end he was more lucky,” said Rosol who had beaten Nadal in a second round shock at Wimbledon in 2012.

“I made a double fault on the last point of the second set. It was pretty windy from the back.

“Rafa was playing pretty good but at 2-0 up in sets would have been a different story. At 1-1, the match is still open.” – AFP


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