Rosol critical of Nadal for taking too much time between points

Thursday, June 26, 2014 /by
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Lukas Rosol has complained that Rafael Nadal was allowed to take too much time between points during their second-round match at Wimbledon.

Players are allowed 20 seconds between points at Grand Slams, though the rule appears less strictly enforced than at ATP matches. Nadal is known as one of the top players who takes the longest time between points.

''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 Rosol afterward. "When the game starts it was not 30 seconds. It was one minute always.''

Rosol, who famously upset Nadal in the Wimbledon 2012 second round, won the first set and had a set point in the second-set tie breaker before going out in four sets.

During the match, he complained to the chair umpire about Nadal's methodical pacing.

''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,'' said Rosol.

Nadal did not receive a warning during the match, but has frequently been called for taking too long on other occasions and has criticized the rule for not being flexible enough.

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