Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal agree French Open night sessions ‘start too late’, but ‘TV decides’

Novak Djokovic playing under lights

They started their match on May 31 and they finished on June 1 so unsurprisingly Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were not too happy with the starting time of night matches at Roland Garros.

The quarter-final between the Big Two started just before 9pm local time in Paris and “game, set and match” was called at 01:15am – 00:15 BST.

Nadal ended up victorious as he beat his great rival 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) in four hours and 21 minutes, but the Spaniard was unimpressed with the late finish.

When asked if they are playing too late, the 21-time Grand Slam winner replied: “It is without a doubt. I understand television pays a lot of money but we need to find a balance.”

World No 1 Djokovic was also quizzed about the night sessions.

“Broadcasters say it’s going to be night match, day match. They give the money. They decide,” the Serbian said.

He later added: “There are difference of opinions about the night sessions.

“I think they are starting too late. But again, TV decides. That’s the world we are living in.”

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