The 2012 French Open final between the 6 time champion Rafael Nadal and the world no.1 Novak Djokovic will have to be finished on Monday due to consistent rain in Paris. Nadal is leading 6-4 6-3 2-6 1-2 with the Serb on serve.
This will be the first time since 1973 that the men’s final is pushed past Sunday. In 1973 Ilie Nastase defeated Niki Pilic in a match that ended on Tuesday.
What happened so far in this year’s final:
Nadal started the long awaited battle with a lot of confidence, taking Djokovic’s serve twice to go 3-0 up. Although Novak managed to regroup and level the score at 3-3, the Spaniard struck again in the 7th game when the world no.1 serving. With some penetrating groundstrokes and some superb all-round court movement, he closed out the first set and took a crucial lead in the match.
The defending champion carried the momentum into the second set, taking Djokovic’s serve in the opening game. But the Serbian found a little bit of magic and clawed back the break, settling the score at 2-2. However, the ruthless Spaniard didn’t give a single point for free and was continuing to wear Djokovic down as the match went on. Fighting like a warrior, Rafa got another break in the 7th game just before holding serve to take a 5-3 lead. That’s when the drizzle turned into a slighly heavier rain and the the match had to be suspended for a little while. This could have been a well wished break for Djokovic, who urgently needed to change his game plan if he wanted to keep his title hopes alive. But unfortunately for the world no.1, Rafa came storming onto the Philippe Chartier center court after the rain delay and took the Serb’s serve to clinch the second set, moving closer to a record 7th Roland Garros trophy.
Nadal looked almost invincible and after taking Djokovic’s serve in the second game of the third set, there seemed to be no way out of this for the Serb. For a moment, the crowd went quiet while the light rain kept on coming down in Paris, making life for the players a a bit difficult. But something unbelievable happened after the first two games of the set. Djokovic found his rhythm and with some heavy hitting started to break Nadal’s defence. He managed to accomplish something that hasn’t been done for a long time – win 6 consecutive games on clay against the Spaniard, wraping up the set and sending the Paris crowd into absolute frenzy.
Djokovic is up a break in the first set, leading 2-1. With a constant drizzle, the court became almost unplayable and we have got another raind delay on our hands. Nadal showed his frustration towards the umpire and tournament supervisor as he expected them to stop the match way earlier.
The covers have been pulled up on the center court, with some more rain expected to fall. It looks like we might have a Monday finish ahead of us.