What makes the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal such a great rivalry, is that they have different views on many things including the noise inside US Open’s Arthur Ashe Stadium which was closed yesterday because of rains.
Nadal, who beat Dusan Lajovic in his second match under the roof, says playing in an enclosed Ashe is too noisy!
“Being honest, is a little bit too much,” Nadal said. “I don’t know how to control that or the umpire have to control that, because, yeah, at the same time is not fair only say that. The real thing is here, the energy and support of the crowd is massive. I enjoy it and I have unforgettable memories from this tournament and this court, because the energy is different from in other places.
“But at the same time is true that today, under the roof, was too much. Too much noise, no? I was not able to hear the ball when you are hitting.
“So I don’t know. I understand it’s a show, at the end of the day, and I enjoy that. I feel part of this, of course, but under the roof, you know, we need to be a little bit more strict about the noise, in my opinion, no? Because all the noise stays inside, and this is difficult, no? With the roof open, feeling change a lot.”
Federer made his debut in the new Ashe and he thought playing under the roof was “cool”.
“I expected worse,” Federer said. “I heard last year that it was apparently also very loud, all that. I didn’t think it was that bad, to be honest. I think when the crowd really got into it, it was really cool. It was a great atmosphere. It was loud. It was louder than what I’m really used to. Not that it wasn’t loud before, but I think it comes back down onto the court. I think it’s really nice actually.”
The USTA responded to Nadal’s comments by saying there are continuing to look into the noise issue.
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