Tennis

Rafael Nadal to face Novak Djokovic in French Open night session

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic returns the ball to France’s Gael Monfils during their 2022 ATP Tour Madrid Open tennis tournament singles match at the Caja Magica in Madrid on May 3, 2022. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS - AFP)

Rafael Nadal’s French Open quarter-final against long-time rival Novak Djokovic will take place in Tuesday’s night session at Roland Garros despite the 13-time champion’s desire to play in the day.

Officials confirmed Monday that the pair’s 59th career meeting will be the late match under the lights of Court Philippe Chatrier with the day’s other quarter-final between Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev set for the afternoon.

“I don’t like to play on clay during the night, because the humidity is higher, the ball is slower, and there can be very heavy conditions especially when it’s cold,” said Nadal last week.

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