Are nights getting too long at the U.S. Open?

Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer played until 1:50 a.m ET in the fourth round at the U.S. Open. Is that good for tennis -- or bad? As spectacular as night tennis can be, sometimes it becomes too much.

Updated: September 6, 2007, 6:12 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- It was a quarter-past 11 on Tuesday night and the crowd streaming from the exits at Arthur Ashe Stadium buzzed happily. Patrons of the U.S. Open, some of whom paid as much as $365 a ticket, witnessed terrific play from Rafael Nadal and fellow Spaniard David Ferrer.

The problem? They saw only a single set of tennis. The fourth-round match wouldn't end for more than two and one-half hours, at 1:50 a.m. ET. It was the third-latest ending ever at the National Tennis Center.

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