Rafael Nadal explains Lorenzo Sonego’s disagreement after fiery Wimbledon match

Rafael Nadal admits he was “wrong” and has apologized to Lorenzo Sonego after tempers flared in their third round at Wimbledon.

The Spaniard, who triumphed at Center Court 6-1, 6-2, 7-6, argued with the Italian 4-4 in the third set and met at the net to express his anger.

Nadal, who refuted claims of a “spirited” character to the match, seemed annoyed when Sonego growled during the points, as the 27th set whipped up a feverish crowd after a late rally in the third set.

Nadal started a lengthy debate, both at 4-4 in the third and then again after winning the match, but the 22-time Grand Slam champion admitted his mistake and revealed the pair fought their disagreements in the locker room afterwards.

“Well, first of all I have to say I was wrong,” said Nadal. “I probably won’t — I shouldn’t be calling him on the net. So apologies for that. My mistake in that. No problem. I recognise that.


“And then all the things during the match that I don’t want to comment on because that’s something I talked to him in the dressing room and it stays there. All I can say is that I saw him in person. Sorry about that .

“It was never my intention to bother him. Just to say one thing that bothered me that I think he was doing at the time, but that’s it.

“I think there are some codes between players. Yes, we had some problems there. But that’s it.”

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