Rafa Nadal hits back at journalist questioning centre court allocation

Florence Fletcher
July 10, 2019

After Roger Federer punched a forehand volley into the open court to complete his straight-sets victory, the Swiss congratulated the Italian on a strong grass-court season, leading Berrettini to come back with a witty response.

Barty, 23, did not appear bothered by her appearance on a smaller stage, saying: "It's a attractive court".

Here's the 18-time Grand Slam victor on his Portugese opponent.

Grilled on whether that meant no to the initial question, Nadal said: "My answer is not no or yes". Court No. 2, okay, they have to make decisions. "I played a great match from the beginning to the end". I wasn't feeling so good, so I didn't expect that.

"But we can't create polemics every single day about decisions that they (organisers) have to take".

"Another thing that I say the other day is that sometimes maybe what makes the game little bit slower are the balls". Of course, [Novak] Djokovic is not on Centre Court.

In truth, a match that on paper looked as if it might provide his first big test of the tournament as he chases a ninth title was a no-contest as his 23-year-old Italian opponent self-destructed on Centre Court on Monday.

"I have been answering this nearly every day", he said. We can not create polemics about that.

The world number two's dominance told on Sousa early in the second set, as he aired his frustration with members of his team after Nadal won against serve for a third time. Today they probably decided that.

After a while, Sousa was quite helpless against Nadal's momentum. Hence, it is not right on the part of journalists to ask him the reason behind being placed on the centre court.

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Nadal also said that he has no control over the schedule.

"I think it's going to be tough, plus he's getting into quarters with a lot of energy".

Eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori will play Mikhail Kukushkin in round of 16 match of Wimbledon 2019.

The 18-time major victor will face an unseeded American - Sam Querrey or Tennys Sandgren - in the last eight.

Goffin beat Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (9), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Since Nadal was on the centre court, the media wanted to know if he felt anything wrong with that.

"His coach congratulated me and thanked me nearly", Federer said. I leave it to you to understand why. "I just think the conditions also didn't allow him to do that today". When? Hopefully not too soon, but it's going to happen.

When it comes to Wimbledon, there is no hotter property than Roger Federer.

"Obviously today was excellent".

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