During Tuesday’s press conference, a reporter asked Rafael Nadal if he feels he is receiving special treatment from the referees. Earlier, John McEnroe pointed out that Rafa often oversteps the 25-second limit between points.
John McEnroe himself wanted to clarify his point of view on the subject: “I haven’t talked to Rafael Nadal yet, but let me be clearer. Nadal has the right to do whatever he wants, that’s how he became one of the best athletes ever.
We all know what he does between one point and another, as he has been on the circuit for almost 20 years. The referee should be the one to enforce the rule, it’s not up to Rafa. In any case, I think this whole thing is nonsense.
I really don’t think that such a foolish issue is going to affect the legacy of the Spaniard.” Alex Corretja echoed: “I don’t like it when journalists come to you and say: Someone claims that … Be honest to the end.
The chair judges have the clock and it’s their job to enforce the rules.”
Rafa at the US Open 2022
While not particularly brilliant, Rafael Nadal qualified for the third round of the US Open. The former world number 1, still not in the best of condition after the abdominal injury, has folded Rinky Hijikata and Fabio Fognini in four sets.
The former world number 1, who is chasing his fifth title at Flushing Meadows, is already mathematically certain to participate in the ATP Finals in Turin. After a 2021 with only seven tournaments played, hardly anyone expected that the Iberian would win so much this year.
Despite persistent foot pain, the 36-year-old from Manacor won the Australian Open and Roland Garros. By doing so, Rafa has hoisted himself to 22 Grand Slams, stretching over Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time ranking. Given Nole’s absence in New York, Nadal will do everything possible to further widen the gap.