‘I understand the other part of the business’ – Rafael Nadal wants French Open to seek balance when scheduling late night matches

Rafael Nadal, the Spanish tennis ace and 21-time Grand Slam champion, found himself caught up in the chains of rumors after his early departure from Rome. Nadal’s foot injury resurfaced in his fourth-round match against Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

Following this, many thought he would stay away from Roland-Garros. While others argued that he would fail to secure a decent run in the Grand Slam just like his last tournament. However, the Spaniard put all the rumors to rest by staying strong in the tournament. On Tuesday, he beat current world number one Novak Djokovic to enter the final four of the event. Although the concerns have now changed. As the match lasted until late at night and players usually don’t really like such matches. The media asked for Nadal’s view on this.

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Rafael Nadal shares his views on late night games

Nadal addressed the issue and said: “I can’t complain because now we have two days off, but if you only have one day off like Zverev had in Madrid, he had to play the final the next day, so that’s a big deal. Of course, I definitely understand the other part of the matter, which is that on the other hand, TVs are paying a lot of money to have games this late. And then tournaments are bringing in big money. the money and then the players win the money.

Subsequently, he added, “So you know we have to find the right balance to do things in the best way possible. But it’s true that starting a match here at nine o’clock in the evening playing the best of five on clay can be very long. This kind of thing can happen, but that’s it.

The former world No. 1 beat the Serb in straight sets 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7(7)-6(4) and will face Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals.

Nadal’s next opponent

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Rafa will soon meet Zverev, the current world No. 3 who outclassed 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz in the quarter-finals to reach the semi-finals. The German avenged his loss at the Madrid Open by knocking out the young blood in sets of 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 7(9)-6(7).

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 14, 2021 Rafael Nadal of Spain with Germany’s Alexander Zverev after winning their quarter-final match REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Speaking of Rafa’s records, against the 25-year-old. He locked the horns with Zverev nine times and has a conduct of 6-3. Moreover, on clay, they had five encounters of which the 35-year-old won four of them. However, even though the records favor Nadal, he is not at his best. As he battles a nagging foot injury.

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The match will take place on Friday, June 3 at 6:15 p.m. on the Philippe-Chatrier court. Rafa, more muscular than the defending champion, will he be able to get the better of the Madrid vice-champion and semi-finalist of the Italian Open.