Nadal upset before meeting Djokovic – denied match in broad daylight – VG

Nadal upset before meeting Djokovic - denied match in broad daylight - VG
Star Dole: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic meet on Tuesday evening. Only one of them is happy with that.

On Tuesday night, two giants met on cobblestones in Paris. But the time of the match became a bitter dispute between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.


– I don’t like evening matches on gravel. I’ve been very clear about it, says Rafael Nadal at a press conference reported by AP.

But he did not get his wish.

Tuesday’s quarter-final match between Nadal and Novak Djokovic at the French Open does not begin until the quarter-finals. Casper Rodd also received Evening match In the quarter-finals Wednesday night against Dankey Holger Ron.

  • Nadal vs Djokovic broadcasts live on Eurosport Norway and Discovery+. You can watch the entire French Open on Discovery+.

The statements of both the Serbian and the Spaniard indicate that both have submitted a request to the organizer, each with the time of the match that they desire.

Novak Djokovic got a chance to turn things around.

– All I can say is that Rafa and I will make different requests. As top players, we have influence, but desires don’t always come true. It has a lot to do with what the TV company wants, Djokovic tells The Associated Press.

In January, Nadal won an evening championship, the Australian Open. However, there is a completely different surface:

Last week, Nadal appeared in the media and criticized the strategy of the new French Open with frequent evening matches.

Playing on pebbles in the evening is a completely different thing than during the day. The humidity is higher, the ball is slowing down, and it can be heavy, especially when it’s cold. There is a big difference, said Nadal, who has won the tournament 13 times.

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By then, he had played the entire tournament in broad daylight.

– You just have to adapt. Sometimes you want an advantage, other times the opponent has an advantage. That’s how it is, says Djokovic.

Nadal coach Carlos Moya says it is a “business decision”.

Rafa is an influence, he won the championship 13 times, and if he has a request they should listen to him. It’s part of the French Open’s story, Moya says, but in the end maybe it’s about being a company, and we understand that.

The Great King: Nadal has lifted the trophy in France 13 times, most recently in 2020. In total, he won 21 major tournaments.

The Spaniard tried to influence the regulator by hinting at the end of his career.

– If things don’t go my way, this could be my last game here, and I’d like to play it during the day. He says I know the tournament during the day, not so much in the evening, because that’s how I’ve played it all my life.

If there is any doubt: the match will be on Tuesday eveningand you’ll see it on Discovery+.

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