Is it fair to Nadal as a higher ranked player? Or is it about ticket sales (Fed attracts more people)? It was also a night match for Fed. I was surprised Rafa fans are not whining yet.
Nadal is very popular, but Fed is way, way more popular.one or the other had to play in the position they did so..... Federer is probably the greatest of all time! so I understand why they kept him at night on Rod Laver. Federer is also famous for his night time matches so it would not make a whole lot of sense to put Nadal there.
let's be realistic though, both Federer and Nadal are massively popular and it would be very tough to gauge which the crowd prefers to see or is more popular. Federer is the best player ever seen and Nadal is one of the most interesting competitors the sport has seen. both have about 9 million fans on facebook...
the court placement has nothing to do with demeaning Nadal or favoring Federer. if anything all it shows is they really really love their own, i.e. Tomic.
Yep exactly.Considering these two guys play now on same days,at some point both guys will play on another court then RLA.Nadal will play in R1 match on Hisense and probably Federer will go there in R2.
If the organisers schedule only 2 men`s matches/day on the center court it will be impossible to see both Federer and Nadal there all the time.
With Tomic and other guys who might get a center court match either Nadal or Federer will have to go to the other court.
not last yearBoth Rod Laver and Hisense arenas have same surface so it's quite the same which court they are playing. Rod Laver Arena has more seats and Roger attracts more spectators, so AO organizers are wise and have Roger at Rod Laver Arena. Despite higher ranking, Rafa doesn't attract spectators as much so he'll play at Hisense. More important question than why Rafa plays at Hisense is why Roger attracts spectators more?