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Rafael Nadal has taken what appears to be a thinly veiled swipe at Novak Djokovic while breaking his silence from hotel quarantine in Adelaide.

Spanish superstar Nadal was criticised by Argentinian player Guido Pella last week for failing to speak out publicly and fight for the rights of lesser players.

“Djokovic’s balcony is bigger than my room,” Pella said.

“But at least he said something.

“I’m surprised with Nadal and (Dominic) Thiem’s silence.”

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Djokovic has been painted as public enemy No 1 in the eyes of Australian Open fans after making so called “demands” to improve preparations in quarantine for players.

And Nadal appeared to be referencing the Djokovic controversy in an intriguing interview with ESPN.

“We all try to help each other,” the world No 2 said.

“Some need to make public all they do to try to help others, while some of us do it privately without publishing our calls or making propaganda with it.”

Nadal and world No 1 Djokovic are two of the stars quarantining in what are perceived as better conditions in Adelaide while lesser lights ‘slum it’ in Melbourne.

Australian Open boss Craig Tiley made no apologies for that discrepancy, stating that “if you’re at the top of the game, a Grand Slam champion, it’s just the nature of the business. You are going to get a better deal.”

Nadal and Djokovic are allowed five hours per day outside their hotel rooms in ‘soft quarantine’ while those in hard COVID-19 lockdown are laid low for 14 days.

But Nadal said the situation was more complex than that.

“Where is the line of privileges? I have a different view,” he said.

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“Here in Adelaide our conditions have been better than most of the conditions in Melbourne, but some Melbourne players have larger rooms where they can perform physical activities, others smaller rooms where they cannot have contact with their coach or physical trainer.

“Where is the line?

“I have not heard any Melbourne players complain that they have a better room or about those who have been confined without being able to train.

“I have not seen those who complain so much about our conditions in Adelaide say: why are there not equal conditions, now we will all go without training.

“You always look up, always complain about a disadvantageous position.”

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