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Nadal hits back at claims of foul play against Petzschner

ESPN staff
June 27, 2010
Rafael Nadal will take up Cedric Mourier's accusations with Championships referee Andrew Jarrett © Getty Images

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Rafael Nadal is battling to protect his reputation on two fronts after he was accused of feigning injury and receiving illegal coaching tips during Saturday's five-set victory over Philipp Petzschner at Wimbledon.

Nadal came from two sets to one down to beat Petzschner 6-4 4-6 6-7 (5/7) 6-2 6-3, booking a fourth-round clash with Paul-Henri Mathieu. However, the world no. 1 was warned by umpire Cedric Mourier in the final set for allegedly receiving coaching tips from uncle Toni Nadal, an accusation the Spaniard will now take up with Championships referee Andrew Jarrett.

"Sometimes in the past Toni would talk - maybe too much - and the referee or the umpire would give me advice and, if it continued, a warning, but he didn't talk too much today in my opinion," Nadal argued. "I told him (the umpire) we're going to talk to the supervisor and we will be doing. Toni wasn't giving me any tip, he was only supporting me."

Nadal's on-court ethics were also questioned by Petzschner, who was made to wait around during the fifth set as his opponent received treatment on his knee. The German, who had treatment himself, stopped short of directly accusing Nadal of foul play, but he did seem confused by the need for the stoppage.

"It was pretty clever, I think," Petzschner said. "You have to ask him what it was. I thought he was moving great. If I was injured like this once, I would be happy. Maybe he had something, maybe it was just a clever ploy to take a time-out there, I don't know.

"I don't assume that he just did it to break my rhythm but that's what happened and that's mostly my fault. That's what I have to work on. I just can tell you how it felt and it felt like he was still running the same for five sets and I think he could run another two or three sets. Ask him. He's the fittest player on tour and he's moving great around on the court."

Nadal has rejected the question marks over the nature of his injury though, and he admits his knee has forced him to withdraw from a forthcoming Davis Cup tie with France.

"I never call the physio when I don't have anything, not one time in my career," Nadal said. "If I call the physio today, it was because the knee was bothering me a lot. I am a little bit scared about the knee. I had treatment after Monte Carlo and I had the problem against Roddick in the semi-finals of Miami. I don't like to say anything because, when you lose, it always looks like an excuse.

"I am here to try my best and to try to keep in the tournament and playing well. I am not thinking about retiring or anything like this. That's not going to happen."

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