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Rain halts Djokovic fightback in French Open final

posted 10 Jun 2012, 12:36 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 10 Jun 2012, 12:37 ]

The men's final of the French Open will resume on Monday after rain halted play with defending champion Rafael Nadal leading but attempting to fend off a fightback from Novak Djokovic.

PARIS, FRANCE (JUNE 10, 2012) (FFT) - 
Rain halted play in the men's final of the French Open as Novak Djokovic was mounting a comback after going two sets down to defending champion Rafael Nadal on Sunday (June 10).
Djokovic was trailing 6-4 6-3 2-6 but was a break up and led 2-1 in the fourth set when the rain returned to Paris and play was eventually abandoned for the day.

Spaniard Nadal raced into a 3-0 lead in the opening set as he sought to record a seventh French Open title and had the opportunity to go 4-0 up but the Serb fought back but then allowed Nadal to edge ahead again and he wrapped up the set in 58 minutes.

Nadal started the second set with a break of serve but the Djokovic fought back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 as the drizzle began to fall.

Nadal broke in the seventh game with a rasping forehand winner, which brought the worst out in the frustrated Serb who smashed a hole in his courtside chair.

Second seed Nadal moved to within one game of the set when rain suspended play for 35 minutes and he was quick out of the blocks on the restart, breaking to take the second set with a scorching backhand winner on the run.

Nadal broke early in the third but typically of a match in which service games were hard to hold and breaks easy to come by, Djokovic levelled with

some rugged defence that brought errors from the Spaniard.

Djokovic, the number one seed, broke serve to lead 3-2 and won the remaining games to close out the set, the first conceded by Nadal in the tournament.

The momentum seemed to be going Djokovic's way in the fourth when he broke in the first game but at 2-1 the rain fell, the covers came on and play was abandoned to resume, hopefully, at 1100gmt on Monday.