Rafael Nadal openly criticises chair umpire after impressive win at French Open
by Abhijit Majumder
Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal cruised to a comfortable victory in his fourth-round clash with Roberto Bautista Agut on the Suzanne-Lenglen Court on Sunday.
Relentless right from the start, Nadal marched on to the quarter-finals of the tournament with the scoreline 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 against his compatriot on the clay surface.
However, the world number four voiced his dissatisfaction towards the chair umpire Carlos Ramos for an unfair treatment as he claimed the official targeted him in an effort to speed up play.
The incidents took place twice during the match, once in the opening set and the other in the third, as Ramos took a serve off the former champion for a time violation, which ultimately led to him losing a first serve forcing him to a second.
Looking visibly vexed on both occasions for the bizarre decisions, Nadal did not hold back as expressed his anger after the win.
Speaking during the post-match interview, the 31-year-old was quoted by Metro saying: "Well, what can I say? I’m not satisfied with this, of course. But it’s not something new. There are umpires who sometimes put more pressure than others, and you’ll have to accept this. That’s all.
"All things being equal, well, there are people who love being involved in the match. I, for one, don’t think it’s a good thing for me.. The rules are the rules, and this is it. This is a rule that we have."
The former world number one accepted different umpires have varied styled of operating and he has had similar experiences earlier in his career.
He added: "Theoretically the umpires are here to analyse 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.
"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. I have received pressure when I serve.
"Sometimes I feel I’m under pressure during the whole match, and this was a five I remember it was a five, a best-of-five sets match, a very tough match."