“This sport is about respect and playing fair"
As for being used for target practice, Rafa did not mind that much, either. What annoyed him about that was the way it went against the spirit of the game.
“The history of this sport is about respect and is about playing fair during the whole time,” he said. “I don't say Nick does this stuff to bother the opponent, but is true that sometimes he's dangerous.
“When he hits the ball like this, he is dangerous. He is not dangerous for me, is dangerous for a line referee, dangerous for a crowd. When you hit the ball like this, you don't know where the ball goes.
“I know he's a big talented player, but I am a professional player, too. I know when you hit this kind of ball, the ball can go anywhere. This time the ball went in, almost hit me, no problem. I am professional, so I know how to avoid this. But another time, the ball goes straight to the back. So have been dangerous moment for the line umpire. That ball hits an eye or something like this, is a problem. That's it.”