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Crowd unjustified in booing Nadal, says Wawrinka

January 27, 2014 14:54 IST

Crowd unjustified in booing Nadal, says Wawrinka

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Stanislas Wawrinka was reportedly taken aback by the Melbourne Park Crowd's hostility towards Rafael Nadal during Sunday's Australian Open final.

Nadal, who recently returned from treatment for a back injury, was booed by spectators after he took an off-court medical timeout during his match with Wawrinka.


Image: Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts as he receives treatment during his men's singles final match
Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters

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Expressing his displeasure over the crowd's attitude towards Nadal, Wawrinka said that it was not really nice of the crowd and praised the champion for his attempt in spite of injury, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.


Image: Rafael Nadal of Spain receives a back massage
Photographs: Robert Prezioso/Getty Images

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Wawrinka had challenged Chair umpire Carlos Ramos to provide the specifics of the injury during the seven minute break at 2-1 in the second set.

Meanwhile Nadal said that he wanted to try his best until the end and could understand the disappointment of the crowd.


Image: Rafael Nadal
Photographs: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

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