World No. 1 Rafael Nadal described the conditions as ‘very, very tough’, with players competing in temperatures peaking at 42 degrees, and ‘not safe enough’
Nadal, who came through a straight-sets victory over Damir Dzumhur on day five, has expressed his concern that the heat is not safe for the players’ health.
Yeah, sometimes is too much and can become little bit dangerous for health. That’s the real thing. It’s not nice to see players suffering that much on court. ‘But there is one positive thing, only one: was not humidity, was dry. That’s make a big difference.
The rest of the things are very negative to play in that conditions.’ When asked whether players should play both in the day and at night, he added: ‘Being honest with you, having one day off, doesn’t make a big difference.
You are in the same conditions than your opponent. If you have to play the next day, playing during the day or playing during the night, probably will make a difference.
Having a day off I don’t think will make a difference for the next day. ‘In terms of competing that day, is dangerous because you can lose sometimes the control of your body when it’s that warm. But you are in the same conditions than your opponent. ‘Playing day or night? Of course, there is players that plays more on night.’ When asked why they were players who only play at night, he smiled: ‘You are here since a while, no?
You know the same like me why there is player that play the night and others play the day. ‘There is television, there is tickets to sell, there is players that achieve more than others. That’s why some players plays in prime time and other ones don’t play in the prime time. ‘That’s easy to understand.
It’s not about fair or not fair.’ Federer had previously admitted he would request night matches, while conceding he may have more pull than other players. ‘There’s maybe 60 guys asking for stuff, so I’m one of those guys, yes,’ he said after the match.
When asked if he had extra leverage being Roger Federer, he added: ‘Possibly. But it’s not my call. ‘There’s other guys out there like Novak. Other guys they’ll listen to like the Aussies. There’s TV stuff as well, I don’t know what you guys ask for at night.
‘I’m happy I didn’t have to go from night to day and then maybe back to night so I’m happy to stay in same rhythm. ‘But I wouldn’t mind playing in the day, I hope I thrive under those conditions too. Because if you want to get to the top you have to play in all conditions. ‘But for sure, it’s helpful to play now rather than in those conditions.