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Rafael Nadal asks Roland Garros to clash with Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal asks Roland Garros to clash with Novak Djokovic

The Spaniard is desperate to avoid a night game on Tuesday (Pictures: Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal has urged Roland Garros to schedule his quarterfinals match against Novak Djokovic later in the day after admitting the game could be his last at the French Open.

The Spaniard, who has won the Grand Slam 13 times and is the defending champion, was struggling with a foot injury that could put an end to his long and glittering career – although he broke the pain barrier to beat Felix Auger-Aliassime in a grueling five in the final 16

That victory set up his first meeting with Djokovic in a year, with Tuesday night’s match set to be played under floodlights – conditions Nadal would rather not play in.

Rafael Nadal asks Roland Garros to clash with Novak Djokovic

Nadal faced a tough test against Auger-Aliassime (Image: EPA)

“The match with Djokovic could be my last here and I know Roland Garros during the day and would prefer to play during the day,” the 35-year-old told reporters.

“I have no [recent] Test against him because my last match against him was here last year I think so I haven’t played that kind of match in the last three months.

“It will be a big challenge for me. I think he’s already won the last nine games in a row, winning in Rome and now winning every game here in straight sets. He will be confident.

“I know my situation and I accept it well and I will fight for it. I can’t complain much, I’m in the quarter-finals of Roland Garros.

“Two and a half weeks ago, even if I had good hopes, positive hopes for Rome, I didn’t even know if I could be here.

“So I’m just enjoying the fact that I’m here for another year and to be honest with every match I play here I don’t know if it will be my last match here at Roland Garros in my tennis career. This is my situation now.

“Of course I went through a tough process with my foot again, so I don’t know what can happen to my career in the near future.

Rafael Nadal asks Roland Garros to clash with Novak Djokovic

Nadal is struggling with a serious foot injury (Image: Getty)

“But that’s why I’m just trying to enjoy as much as possible and fight as much as possible to keep living the dream of playing tennis and playing again in a very advanced round of Roland Garros against the world number one.

“That’s it, I hope I can give myself a chance to play at the highest possible level and then we’ll see.”

Explaining why he doesn’t like playing at night earlier this week, Nadal said: “I don’t like playing on clay at night because the humidity is higher, the ball is slower and there can be very tough conditions especially when it’s cold. ‘

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