July 4, 2007 / 3:25 PM / 12 years ago

Nadal fires accusations at Soderling after battle

LONDON (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal fired some verbal missiles at Robin Soderling on Wednesday after their three-day battle at Wimbledon that the Spaniard won.

He accused his opponent of unsportsmanlike behaviour during Nadal’s 6-4 6-4 6-7 4-6 7-5 victory in the match which had been due to start on Saturday but got underway on Monday and then finished on Wednesday after five rain breaks.

“I fell close to the net, and he never even went to the net to say sorry or help or something,” Nadal told a news conference.

He added Soderling had also failed to apologise when he hit some lucky netcords and that at the end of the match the Swede had looked away when they shook hands.

“After four days, that’s not normal,” he said.

“(He) is not the best guy in the locker room.”

Soderling said he could not see why he should apologise for something that had given him the point.

“If my opponent gets a lucky shot and he doesn’t say I’m sorry, I don’t care. For me it’s okay,” he said.

“Why should I say I’m sorry when I’m like happiest moment of my life?”

Soderling said Nadal had continually kept him waiting at the start of points, often while he adjusted various bits of his clothing.

At one point in the match Soderling mimicked Nadal’s tendency to pull at his shorts, tugging at his own to force the Spaniard to have to wait for him for a change.

“Until that, I think I had to wait for him more than 200 times,” Soderling said.

“Every point I had to wait for him. He had to wait for me one time — he’s starting already shaking his head.

“Maybe I shouldn’t have done it,” he added. “It was more of a fun thing, you know. I’m not angry at him at all.

“He must have been in his complaining mood today.”

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