Novak Djokovic has had his wish granted ahead of his quarter-final clash with Rafael Nadal as the pair’s 59th meeting has been scheduled for the night session at the French Open tomorrow. The Spaniard prefers the warm, day-time conditions while the top seed had requested the new night session on Court Philippe-Chatrier. It means Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev will play their quarter-final in the day session.
Djokovic has received an advantage over Nadal for their quarter-final clash as their match has been scheduled for the night session – the world No 1’s preference for the clash. It will be just a second outing in the brand new night sessions for the Spaniard who admitted he didn’t like the new addition to the schedule after facing Corentin Moutet on Wednesday night.
“I don’t like night sessions on clay. I say the other day. I am very clear with that,” the 13-time French Open champion previously admitted. “I don’t like to play on clay during the night, because humidity is higher, the ball is slower, and can be very heavy conditions especially when it’s cold. I think that makes a big difference on the way who played tennis on clay during the night and during the day.”
Nadal had already struggled in his fourth-round win over Felix Auger-Aliassime, needing five sets to outlast the 21-year-old, and will now be facing a fresh Djokovic who completed his own round-of-16 match in straight sets in more favourable conditions for the top seed.
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