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Nadal Hits Out At Scheduling, Novak (already in Round 3) Doesn't See A Problem

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By Pritha Sarkar Reuters 28/05/2008

PARIS (Reuters) - Three-times champion Rafael Nadal criticised French Open organisers on Wednesday for the bizarre scheduling of this year's rain-hit tournament which has left him playing catch-up with rivals in his side of the draw.

The second seed should have been contesting his last 64 match on Wednesday but instead only managed to complete his first-round contest after showers dogged the tournament during its first three days.

He had initially been slotted in to play the third match on Centre Court on Monday against Brazilian qualifier Thomaz Bellucci but never managed to hit a ball.

On Tuesday, his luck did not improve as he only fitted in two games before rain again aborted play for the day.

"I had to wait for two days in the locker room. The cancellation came at 8:00 in the evening, so I had to wait the entire day doing almost nothing," said Nadal, who faces the prospect of playing four days running because of the backlog.

"These were two difficult days, because as time goes by you get more nervous and you can't practise, so I probably lost the rhythm I had acquired before this tournament."

Nadal was particularly upset that Tommy Robredo's clash against Guillermo Coria, who were in the other half of the draw and would not have expected to play their second-round match before Thursday at the earliest, had been scheduled before his match on Monday on Philippe Chatrier Court.

With showers forecast for the day, Robredo managed to book his place in the second round as scheduled, while Nadal never managed to get a glimpse of his opponent across the net.

To add to Nadal's frustration, his second-round opponent Nicolas Devilder made it through on Monday which means the Frenchman would have enjoyed a two-day rest before taking on the champion.

"I would have preferred it if the schedule had been maintained," said Nadal.

"I don't think it's quite natural that Robredo and Coria, should have played before me on Monday. That doesn't make sense and it's not logical. It's not a good thing... because they knew about the weather forecast."

Nadal's possible semi-final opponent, Australian Open champion and third seed Novak Djokovic, defended organisers' decision.

"As organisers, they have to at least try to give people who pay tickets some tennis," said the Serbian, who unlike Nadal is on schedule with his matches and has already reached the third round.

"Yesterday was terrible. It was all day raining and stopping and people were just hanging around all day. They didn't see any of the tennis.

"On the other hand, of course, in the case of the players, it may be a little bit rough to keep them waiting all day and then just let them play two games.

"This is a bit rough but I don't think they did it on purpose."

(Editing by Miles Evans)

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Duh Novak, of course they don't make players wait in the locker room all day "on purpose". The organizers obviously can't do anything about the rain... Well, maybe a roof would help or some lights for night-matches but that's that.

As for Rafa, he's completely right.
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He's right. As for Djerkovic...
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Shouldn't complain, more time to juice himself up.
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Rafa is right.And yes, they had the weather report.But, it won't hurt Nadal.Trust me
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No reason for Nadal to complain, hes not going to lose anyway

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No reason for Nadal to complain, hes not going to lose anyway
What difference does it make if he wins or loses?
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It's soooooo obvious the French officials are doing everything they can to prevent ogre Rafa from winning his fourth French title (unlike the USO officials who went out of their way to ensure that Roger would win his fourth title). Totally rigged.

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What difference does it make if he wins or loses?
He is complaining about Devilder getting a 2 day rest

As if he would have been any threat to him.

If he is going to complain about the schedule, only complain when it would adversely affect the outcome of a match

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That reads to me as Nole just trying to see both points of view and acknowledging the difficulties on both sides - what exactly is the problem?
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He is complaining about Devilder getting a 2 day rest

As if he would have been any threat to him.

If he is going to complain about the schedule, only complain when it would adversely affect the outcome of a match
That's a ridiculous attitude, Blaze. His real complaint is about the top half matches being scheduled before him, which is a valid point
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He's half right. They are scheduling Rafa to maximise their ticket sales, but they absolutely should not have been scheduled second round matches until after all the first round matches had been played once the rain delays began screwing with the schedule. They probably should have moved a few of those women's matches around too, since they can usually finish their first round matches faster, even on clay (although there have been a few more competitive early matches on the women's side than I was expecting).

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That's a ridiculous attitude, Blaze. His real complaint is about the top half matches being scheduled before him, which is a valid point
I think he is right and wrong.

He is right to complain that the matches in the top half are being completed before his as well as starting round 2 before all matches are done, i understand and agree with that.

I disagree with him in that it is really not as big a deal as he seems to make it out to be. As if Devilder will have an advantage over him because he had 2 days rest

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Rafa has clearly valid points...and I'm glad he's not simply sitting back idly by. This is the only way things change.

ON THE OTHER HAND, these complaints fall in line with his running complaints levied against the ATP tour about the clay court schedule. I hope he is able to concentrate, play...and move on...but this clay court season has been almost completely joyless. Are these the signs of burnout?

As far as hurting Rafa's chances on purpose to aid Federer, no real proof...but simply more evidence that the tourney directors don't give a damn about anyone but their pocketbooks.

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I disagree with him in that it is really not as big a deal as he seems to make it out to be. As if Devilder will have an advantage over him because he had 2 days rest
But he does have an advantage. It is unlikely he will be able to make it pay off for himself, but he does still have it.
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