French Open final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will resume on Monday
The Spaniard and the Serb were found amidst a pulsating encounter when rain decided to postpone the proceedings. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic locked horns in emphatic fashion at the French Open final on Sunday. However, the game had to be suspended because of rain.
That’s right! The duel between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic has been suspended till Monday. This only the second time in the history of the tournament that the final had to be postponed to a new date.
Rafael Nadal, who is chasing his record seventh French Open title, was leading the game with 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2 when rain decide to intervene. Match officials were ready to restart the game but as time passed the conditions grew more treacherous. Finally, the match officials decided to resume the match on the next day.
The game had already seen a 40-minute break due to rain a little while ago. Therefore, to avoid any further disappointments and unfair advantages match officials saw it best to postpone the game.
The French Open final, which has already clocked three hours, will resume at 1pm local time. Novak Djokovic will be ascending and serving to acquire a 3-1 lead in the fourth set.
The first time the French Open final got postponed was in 1973. The French Open final was between Ilie Nastase and Niki Pilic. The final was scheduled for Sunday but it ended on Tuesday with Ilie Nastase defeating Niki Pilic.
Back then the organizers of the tournament came under heavy criticism for starting the French Open final late in the evening despite bad weather conditions.
The weather forecast for Monday isn’t good either. According to the forecast rain will drench the earth once again. Hence it remains to be seen whether the French Open final will actually continue on Monday or not.
“TV does not dictate the schedule. Of course, their expectations are important factors, but they do not dictate,” said Gilbert Ysern, who is the director of the French Open.
“Not everyone knew for sure what time it was going to rain, it's not that precise. Arrangements for the final starting time are made months in advance and, out of respect for the broadcasters, we cannot change at the last minute.”
We can play here until 9.30 at night, that allows six and a half hours to play so starting at 3pm is not too late for Paris,” Gilbert Ysern added.