‘It would be a mistake’ – Rafael Nadal urges officials to resist big Grand Slam change
Rafael Nadal believes it would be ‘a mistake’ to stop men’s Grand Slam matches being the best of five sets, adding that they add to the essential drama.
Grand Slams are the only tournaments on the regular tour that are best of five sets, but critics say it takes too much out of players too early in the competition, diluting the quality in the later stages.
Nadal, though, has surged officials to continue to resist the calls to reduce Grand Slam matches the best of three, saying: “The debate should not be here.
“You should look at it for what makes tennis more interesting from a fan’s point of view.
“I think the Sunday match [against Medvedev in the US Open final] was a very attractive one, and it was a long one. But we were playing for a Grand Slam.
“I am the first in testing things, but in a Grand Slam, it’s important that the tradition is still there. It makes the matches being remembered.
“In the end of the year, when you speak about the best matches, it’s the longest one, that was close and that had some drama.
“It’s a nice part of the game. It would be a mistake that it gets lost.”
Nadal’s win has seen him close the gap on Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings, and with the Serbian struggling with a shoulder injury there is a serious chance os usurping him before the year is out.
That, though, is not something that appears to be on Nadal’s mind.
“It’s not my priority,” Nadal said. “If I can be number one, amazing, but I will not necessarily do crazy things in order to be there again.”
WTA Tour 2023: Five women to watch in the year ahead
The WTA could be the playground of one of these stars.
Simona Halep reportedly halfway towards clearing her name
Simona Halep could be set to prove her innocence in a doping case.
One of legendary coach Nick Bollettieri’s final interviews as he reflected on his tennis legacy
Following Nick Bollettieri’s death, we can look back at one of his last interviews, as he spoke to Tennis365.
Gael Monfils to miss Australian Open, admits he is reconsidering retirement plan after birth of his daughter
Gael Monfils could “play a bit less” after becoming a father.
Novak Djokovic hailed as ‘person of principle’ and backed to win 10th Australian Open by Aussie legend
“Novak certainly adds gravy and gravitas to the whole thing.”
Roger Federer enjoying retirement as he takes trip to Rolex HQ and catches NBA game in New York
What’s Roger Federer up to these days?
Legendary coach Nick Bollettieri passes away: ‘You were a dreamer and a doer, and a pioneer in our sport’
The great Nick Bollettieri is with us no more.
Jamie Murray excited about Jack Draper’s rise: ‘It’ll be great to watch him next year’
Jack Draper set for big things, says Jamie Murray.
What to expect from the 2023 Australian Open season
Australia is the battle ground for the first Grand Slam of the year.
Stefanos Tsitsipas confident he will eventually get to No 1 in the world: ‘I’m here for the marathon’
Stefanos Tsitsipas has not given up on the world No 1 ranking.