Following a tough loss to Gilles Muller in the fourth round yesterday, 2-time champion Rafael Nadal sounded off on Wimbledon for putting the same players on Centre Court. Nadal, who lost to Muller on Court 1, played two of his four matches on Centre while rivals Roger Federer and Andy Murray were on Centre for all four of their matches. And that didn’t sit well with Rafa.
“I like playing more on Centre Court,” Nadal said. “Someone has to play on Centre, and it’s almost always the same players here. This is the reality. Here, there are many of us who have won a lot in our careers, who have a lot of important history behind us.
“A tournament that wants to be as traditional and as special as Wimbledon has to distribute the number of matches scheduled on Centre Court and that not always the same people play there, and when there are doubts, the others are sent to other courts.”
Federer is of course a 7-time winner and Murray is the local hero.
Nadal hasn’t made the Wimbledon quarterfinals since 2011 when he reached the final. The Spaniard will take a few weeks off before his next scheduled event at the Canadian Open on August 7.
The loss also leaves Nadal behind Murray in the chase for No. 1, but Rafa has plenty of time to make up the gap.
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