After his nephew’s heartbreaking loss in the fourth round, Toni Nadal was in a bad mood as he vented his frustrations out on the Wimbledon authorities.
Toni said that Wimbledon behaved like a small event, in which certain players were given ‘privileges’ as compared to other players.
This comes after both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had hinted at favoritism shown Murray and Federer. Both Murray and Federer played all their matches on Center court, which irked both Nadal and Djokovic.
This is what Toni had to say after the match,
‘Wimbledon wants to be the best tournament in the world, but sometimes they do things like a small event, helping other players.’
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‘At Roland Garros for example, Nadal is almost always the favourite, but he doesn’t play always on Centre Court. But that’s not an excuse and it’s not the right moment to speak about it.’
Toni analyzed the loss to Muller,
‘I think the problem was in the first two sets where Muller played much better and Rafa never managed to return, and he was always down in the score.
‘This loss is a pity, because Rafa knew he had chances to win also because of players who were on our side. He was playing well, but it wasn’t our best day.’
‘Every loss is painful but when you lose 15-13 in the fifth at a tournament of this magnitude of course it’s painful.’
‘It’s not the same obviously to lose in the fourth round compared to losing in a final but it still hurts. Because it’s a fourth round match, he won’t think about it too much.’
‘Now it’s normal to think about it because he thinks he could win this point, or if the line judge didn’t make this mistake maybe he can win, but it’s not the same as losing in the final in Australia.’
Rafael’s never say die attitude did not surprise,
‘When Rafa was little, I always told him that in order to get to the best level in sports you have to be competitive.
‘Everyone knows Spaniard players play better on clay and so that’s why we had an extra motivation. He played five finals and won two, definitely great numbers.’
‘We missed the opportunity to do something great this year. I hope, but I don’t know.’
‘But I think if Rafael played like this year, he can have the possibility to win Wimbledon again.’
‘The no. 1 doesn’t worry me,’ he added. ‘We have to think about this loss and what we have to improve.
By next days or weeks we will reflect about it.’
‘I think we can do good things, but Djokovic, Murray and Federer will always be there,’ said Toni