Nadal makes call for player power

Rafael Nadal called for the players to be given more power after putting aside the problems of yesterday to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.

Rafael Nadal called for the players to be given more power after putting aside the problems of yesterday to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.

The defending champion was furious after being forced to start his fourth-round match against Gilles Muller, which had originally been scheduled for Tuesday, in damp conditions yesterday and promptly lost the first three games.

But it was a different Nadal who took to Arthur Ashe Stadium today and he quickly retrieved the break before clinching a 7-6 (7/1) 6-1 6-2 victory to set up a last-eight clash with Andy Roddick.

The Spaniard yesterday led a three-man delegation along with Andy Murray and Roddick to voice their unhappiness to tournament referee Brian Earley.

The schedule keeps the bottom half of the men’s draw behind the top half right up until the final weekend, and the weather problems mean whoever reaches the final will have to play four times in four days.

Nadal said: “That’s not fair, but that’s what it is. Here in the grand slams, if I am in the position of the US Open or Wimbledon or Australia, Roland Garros, I will do the same.

“Why not? I had a lot of interesting meetings with the TV (companies), with everybody, and for sure it is better to have the final on Sunday for them.

“But not for the players, because our part of the draw will be in a very difficult situation for the player who will be in the final. The semi-finals maybe, too, because two days in a row playing tough matches is difficult.

“But the problem is we need to have the right representation in these tournaments. Things like this cannot happen. Having the semi-finals on Saturday is something crazy for the players.

“The problem, in my opinion, is not the organisation of the US Open. The problem is we don’t have enough power in these kind of tournaments. That’s what has to change very soon. I think everybody agrees that these things have to change.”

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