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Tennis: Federer puts Wimbledon rival Nadal in speed trap

Published on Jun 27, 2014 7:31 AM
Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates beating Luxembourg's Gilles Muller during their men's singles second round match on day four of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Roger Federer took a thinly-disguised gibe at old rival - and potential Wimbledon semi-final opponent - Rafael Nadal on Thursday when he demanded play be speeded up at the Grand Slams.

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Federer believes the sport is in danger of losing support and its appeal to TV viewers by the length of time it takes some players to serve at the start of a point.

The Swiss star's comments came just hours after Lukas Rosol had complained that Nadal was constantly going beyond the 20 seconds allowed between points at the Grand Slams during his second round defeat to the Spaniard.

Federer said he had not seen Nadal's match against Rosol, but was keen to make an appeal to see action in general speeded up.

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