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Nadal opponent explodes at ‘corrupt' umpire in Australian Open defeat (VIDEO)

Added 01-25-22 03:37:02am EST - “Denis Shapovalov accused the chair umpire of being ?corrupt' in a rant during his Australian Open quarterfinal with Rafael Nadal” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Nadal opponent explodes at ‘corrupt’ umpire in Australian Open defeat (VIDEO)”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Canadian star Denis Shapovalov branded the umpire “corrupt” as the youngster launched an astonishing tirade after being angered by rival Rafael Nadal’s slow play during their Australian Open quarterfinal.

Aiming to capitalize on the absence of Novak Djokovic in his quest for a record 21st Grand Slam title, Nadal won an epic five-set tussle with Shapovalov in the Melbourne heat. 

Nadal raced into a two-set lead before being pegged back by the 22-year-old, but despite requiring medical treatment for an apparent stomach issue, the veteran Spaniard scrapped to win the decisive set and take the match 6-3 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-3 – booking himself a semifinal spot as he aims to win what would be a second Melbourne title.

One for the ages ✨???????? @RafaelNadal defeats Denis Shapovalov 6-3 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-3 to reach his seventh #AusOpen semifinal.#AO2022pic.twitter.com/2vp5Enfeep

But Tuesday’s meeting at Rod Laver Arena was not without controversy, as Shapovalov launched an extraordinary outburst as he lined up to serve to begin the second set when Nadal appeared unready.

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