French Open 2022: Novak Djokovic against Rafael Nadal put in night session despite the Spaniard’s reluctance

Tuesday’s highly anticipated French Open quarter-final between world number one Novak Djokovic and 13-time champion Rafa Nadal is to be played in the controversial night session despite the Spaniard’s reservations against it. The night session, to which Amazon Prime has exclusive broadcasting rights in France, begins at 9 p.m. local time and was first introduced during the 2021 edition of the clay major.

“I don’t like night sessions on clay. I’m very clear on that,” said Nadal, who enjoys near-legendary status at Roland Garros, where he had a statue erected in his honor. reporters last week. “I don’t like playing on clay at night because the humidity is higher, the ball is slower and there can be very difficult conditions, especially when it’s cold. I think that makes a big difference in the way you play tennis on clay night and day.”

Teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev have both said they wouldn’t want their quarter-final, also on Tuesday, scheduled for the night session. The match between the Spaniard and the German third seed was seeded third on the Philippe Chatrier court.

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The Djokovic-Nadal rivalry is so heated that the usual rules tend not to apply when the two heavyweights go head-to-head at Roland Garros. Last year the COVID-19 curfew was pushed back to allow fans to stay longer at Roland Garros when Djokovic knocked out Nadal in the semi-finals and this year the match will be streamed for free on Prime Video, it has been announced. organizers.

Asked about his choice during a television interview, Djokovic said with a smile: “I can only say that Rafa and I would make different applications.” “As top players, we have requests, but those requests are not always granted,” he told reporters. “The tournament director, along with the TV, the broadcasters, I think ultimately it’s who decides… the TV, if they want your game, day or night.

“You just have to adapt to that. Obviously, depending on who you play, sometimes it’s advantageous to play at night, sometimes during the day. There’s no standard formula or no formula that always works.”

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