Rafa takes aim at organisers over daytime lights

The glare of the showcase court at the French Open can be intense, even for Rafael Nadal.

The 13-time Roland Garros champion was unhappy Monday that the stadium lights were on when he played his late-afternoon match against Jannik Sinner. Nadal said he was bothered by the combination of sunshine, shadows and the artificial lights, which were installed before last year’s tournament.

Nadal said he was told the lights were on for television.

“My answer is we used to have TV before,” Nadal said. “I saw plenty of matches here on TV, and the quality of the image was great without the lights.”

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Despite the distraction, Nadal won 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 to reach the quarterfinals and extend his streak of sets won at Roland Garros to 35.

Nadal took a bit of time to get going before eventually seeing off Sinner in straight sets.

The Spaniard’s trouble lasted all of eight games and less than 45 minutes Monday before he took control, running his Roland Garros streak to 35 consecutive sets.

Nadal, who turned 35 last week, trailed 5-3 early on against the 18th-seeded Jannik Sinner, who served for the first set at 5-4.

“I was playing a very good player with a big future,” Nadal said.

But 13-time French Open champion Nadal took eight games in a row and, after a blip in the second set, resumed his excellent play and closed his win on a 10-game run.

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