It is a well known fact that uncle Toni likes to instruct Rafa to play in a certain way or another during any match, and Stan acknowledged that when he was asked. However, the 28 year-old insisted that sometimes these things go into overdrive – which is what happened in his match on Wednesday.
Wawrinka had come within two points of winning his first ever set against Rafa, but the World No.1 managed to find that little bit extra to deny the Swiss again.
“It’s nothing personal against Rafa or against Toni,” Wawrinka said. “We all know, players and umpires, that Toni is always trying to help Rafa. That’s normal. That’s part of the game. But when it’s too much, it’s too much.
“Today I didn’t agree with the umpire that he didn’t tell him something or he didn’t give him a second warning just because it was Rafa. We all see it. I was there. Before every point, he was trying to coach him.”
The ATP Tour rulebook states that “players shall not receive coaching during a tournament match. Communications of any kind, audible or visible, between a player and a coach may be construed as coaching.”
Players are to receive a warning for the first offense, a point penalty for a second and a game penalty for a third and every subsequent offense.