Nadal blasts schedule

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Nadal.— Photo: AFP
Nadal.— Photo: AFP

An angry Rafael Nadal blasted the French Open scheduling as a “joke” on Friday and claimed he was being treated unfairly.

The seven-time champion had his second round tie against Slovakia’s Martin Klizan, which was the third match on Court Suzanne Lenglen on Thursday, cancelled as rain swamped Roland Garros.

He then played first up on Friday, completing a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win in almost three hours. But he now faces having to play again on Saturday despite Italian Fabio Fognini finishing his second round match on Thursday afternoon.

Nadal was furious that on a day when the weather forecast had been especially gloomy, he was scheduled to follow one men’s match and a women’s singles.

“The schedule was wrong, it was a bad decision,” said Nadal.

“Today, I was playing three hours while my opponent was in the locker room watching TV,” added Nadal.

“I cannot play third when my opponent has played second. The excuse they gave me was that they had to play doubles, but that’s a joke.” — AFP

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