Rafael Nadal Furious at ITF Officials After Losing Bronze Medal Match at Rio 2016

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2016 | 0

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal expressed displeasure at the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) officials after losing the bronze medal playoff 6-2 6-7 6-2 to Japan’s Kei Nishikori at the Rio Olympics.

Nishikori led 6-2 5-2 before a stellar fightback from Nadal forced in a decider. Soon after conceding the second set, the Japanese star went on a break, and turned up only after about 12 minutes.

Visibly unhappy, the Spaniard complained to the ITF chair umpire about the long-drawn-out break, which is often used as a tactic by players to shift the swing of momentum.

Nadal didn’t hold back his opinion after the match “After losing, it’s not the time to complain,” the 30-year-old was quoted as saying by bolamarela.pt. “But the referee did not pass anything. Of course I was losing 6-2 5-2, but I came back and my opponent went for 12 minutes; someone has to control it.

“But we have to congratulate him, because he was better than me,” he admitted.

Even as Nadal failed to finish on the podium in the singles event, he had managed to bag the gold medal in the men’s doubles event alongside countryman Marc Lopez earlier in the tournament.

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