French Open - Rain halts final, play to resume Monday

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will have to come back to Roland Garros on Monday to complete their French Open final after rain forced play to be abandoned for the day with the Spaniard leading 6-4 6-3 2-6 1-2 in Paris.

Almost all the match had been played in light rain but conditions became increasingly slippery and an angry Nadal had been calling for the match to be suspended for some time before they finally went off just before 7pm.

The 26-year-old, who is bidding for a record seventh title at Roland Garros, looked to be cruising at two sets and a break ahead on the stage he has made his own.

But Djokovic, for whom victory would bring a fourth straight grand slam title and sporting immortality, hit back with a stunning run of eight straight games to lead by a break in the fourth.

Nadal made his feelings known to referee Stefan Fransson, saying the conditions had been the same for an hour, while his coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, was also clearly angry as he disappeared into the locker room, and play was officially called off at 8pm local time.

They are scheduled to resume tomorrow at 1pm, although the forecast is again for rain, and the last time they did not manage to complete the final here on Sunday, in 1973, the match did not finish until Tuesday.

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