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Nadal's time woe as Kyrgios fumes


Tick tock: Rafa Nadal was warned for tardy changeovers
Tick tock: Rafa Nadal was warned for tardy changeovers

By Nick Purewal

There is not much Rafael Nadal struggles with on a tennis court but when it comes to time management the 17-times Grand Slam champion admits he might have a problem.

The 32-year-old Spaniard gets so busy during changeovers - re-arranging water bottles, eating bananas, folding bandannas or fiddling with grips and hand tape - he often has to sprint on to keep the umpire off his back.

He was at it again on Wimbledon's Centre Court yesterday during a hard-earned second-round win over Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin.

Umpire Carlos Bernardes, who has history with Nadal, lost patience with the Mallorcan's tardiness before the start of the third set - handing out a warning.

Nadal's brow furrowed but he accepted it and after his 6-4 6-3 6-4 win explained why he had been late getting out of his chair.

"I know I had to take the wristband, T-shirt, banana out, change everything," he said.

"I should go to the toilet. If I go to the toilet, I had plenty of time to change everything without the time violation. I decided to stay on the chair.

"I was slow enough to receive a time violation. I accepted. Between sets I needed that time to change all this stuff because it was a very humid day."

"(The umpire) could avoid it but he decided to make it and I accept. I was slow."

Meanwhile Nick Kyrgios, the controversial Australian, had to be reined in by officials.

Kyrgios received a code violation for swearing and also had to have the foot-fault rule explained to him by umpire James Keothavong in his 6-3 6-4 7-5 win over Robin Haase.

The 23-year-old questioned the line judge's call for the fault to Keothavong, whose deadpan response earned laughter from Kyrgios and the crowd.

Reacting to the call, Kyrgios said to the umpire: "What, after I hit it? How's that possible?"

The British official coolly replied: "That's what he has to do. He can't call it before you hit it."

Then, between sets, Keothavong got down from his chair to demonstrate the rule as Kyrgios watched avidly.

The Australian's win sets up a tie with Kei Nishikori.

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