Rain delay in Djokovic-Nadal final
Mon, 11 Jun 2012 6:39p.m.
By Ross Karl
French Open officials will hope a rain delay has cooled down the world's top two players.
The men's singles final will resume tonight, with Rafael Nadal leading Novak Djokovic two sets to one.
If a grumpy Nadal had his way it would have been postponed earlier, and he would have a bigger lead.
When Rafael Nadal finally received the postponement he had been asking for, French Open officials got an earful.
His anger was partly because an hour earlier he had the momentum.
In search of a record seventh title at Roland Garros, Nadal's clay court mastery had Novak Djokovic in the palm of his hand and the world number one didn't like it.
He was soon down in points.
Djokovic supporters helped any way they could. He re-focussed and Nadal started missing his mark.
There was a brief rain delay before Djokovic powered to the third set 6-2, keeping his dream of holding all four grand slams alive.
But more rain was making the surface slippery, and having lost eight straight games Nadal was complaining he couldn't see the ball.
When he threw a dirty one to the umpire, he was taken seriously, and down 2-1 in the fourth set the irate Spaniard walked away to play another day.
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