Australian Open: Roger Federer hits out at Rafael Nadal's grunting and slow play in semis

Roger Federer spoke to the umpire during the course of the game about Nadal's ball-striking grunt and time violations. He, however, clarified that it did not have any implication on the result of the game.

updated: January 24, 2014 20:47 IST
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Melbourne: Roger Federer railed against Rafael Nadal's loud grunting and slow play Friday after he tumbled out of the Australian Open at the hands of the aggressive Spaniard. (Nadal outplays Federer to reach Aus Open final | Highlights | Pics)

The usually ice-cool Swiss had sharp words with the umpire mid-match about the Spaniard's ball-striking grunt, and complained he repeatedly goes unpunished for time violations.

Federer's polished demeanour slipped after he crashed to a seventh consecutive Grand Slam defeat to his rival and in straight sets, in an anti-climactic semi-final in Melbourne.

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