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Sport'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1

21:25  08 july  2019
21:25  08 july  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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' My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty ': Naughty Rafael Nadal belittles women ' s world No 1 over Centre Court row. Rafael Nadal beat Joao Sousa in straight sets on Centre Court Court on Monday. At the same time, world No 1 Ashleigh Barty lost to Alison Riske

RAFAEL NADAL risked a sexism backlash after claiming he deserved a Centre Court spot ahead of women ’ s top seed Ashleigh Barty . But then he appeared to belittle Australian Barty by adding: “In the world of tennis today , honestly, my feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty .

'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Rafael Nadal played his round four match against Joao Sousa on Centre Court and won 'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited World No 1 Ashleigh Barty lost to American Alison Rikse on Court Two in women's singles

Rafael Nadal insists he was worthy of his place on Centre Court ahead of women's top seed Ashleigh Barty on manic Monday at Wimbledon.

The Spaniard breezed through to the quarter-finals with victory over Joao Sousa while Barty was a surprise loser to Alison Riske on Court Two.

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Rafael Nadal says he has earned the right to be on Centre Court ahead of women ' s world No . 1 ‘ I am the world No . 2 and I won 18 Grand Slams,’ Nadal said during his post-match press conference. ‘In the world of tennis today , honestly, my feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty

HIGHLIGHTS Nadal was asked whether he deserved to play on Centre Court on Monday I am the world No 2 and I won 18 Grand Slams: Nadal told reporters my feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty , even if Ashleigh Barty

That saw Barty shunted to the outpost on Two and Nadal was quizzed on it after his match by a journalist, who suggested that because the Australian was the world number one she might have been picked to play on Centre.

'I am the world two and I won 18 grand slams,' Nadal retorted. 'My answer is not no or yes. My answer is they make a decision.

'You are putting Ashleigh Barty in front of me. For me, both decisions are good.

'In the world of tennis today, honestly, my feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty, even if Ashleigh Barty is the first player of the world and she already won in the French Open and she is playing unbelievably good.

'But we can't create polemics every single day about decisions that they have to take. At the end of the day they have to make a decision.

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He said: ' My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty '. Ash Barty fell 3-6 6-2 6-3 Barty was even shunted to Court 2, the third-ranked court at the All England Club, for two rounds 'In the world of tennis today , honestly, my feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty

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'A day like today, everybody is playing, of course (Novak) Djokovic is not playing in the Centre Court.

'For me, the first day I played Court One. I played on Suzanne Lenglen in Roland Garros, if I'm not wrong, in the second round.

'Every day is a decision. We cannot create polemics about that.

'Court Two, okay, they have to make decisions. Today they probably decided that. They have another women's match playing on the Centre Court now.'

The level of Nadal's play in his 6-2 6-2 6-2 stroll over Sousa was certainly worthy of Centre Court and further showcased his credentials as a title contender.

The 33-year-old is moving extremely well for a man whose knees have not always been grateful for the transition from clay to grass in the past and a tantalising semi-final with Roger Federer is edging ever closer.

He reached the semi-final last year, losing an epic battle to Novak Djokovic, but this is just his second quarter-final at SW19 since 2011 and he does not want to compare.

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Fans have defended Rafael Nadal after he risked a sexism row by saying he is “a little bit more ” than women ’ s world no . 1 Ashleigh Barty , as the Spanish ace was given Wimbledon Centre Court billing while Barty played on “ I am the world No . 2 and I won 18 Grand Slams. My answer is not no or yes.

Rafael Nadal got embroiled in a debate over scheduling as the world ' s top three players all cruised into the quarter-finals, dropping only 19 games. Credit:AP. "In the world of tennis today , honestly, my feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty , even if Ashleigh Barty is the first player

'Every year is different. Doesn't matter how I felt last year comparing to this year,' he added.

'Of course, I am in quarter-finals. Of course, I have been playing good matches. Today was another good one. That gives me confidence.

'I know now starts the most difficult part of the tournament.'

Pictures: Female players at Wimbledon 2019

'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
'My feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty': Rafael Nadal believes he deserved Centre Court place more than women's world No 1
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