Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will have to wait until Monday to see who will claim the 2012 French Open title at Roland Garros after a rain delay left Nadal in the lead with a current score of 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2.
Nadal’s win would give him a record seventh French Open title, while Djokovic could become the first man in 43 years to win four straight grand slam titles.
The French Open final was met with a 34-minute interruption in the second set as the men played under a light drizzle for most of their match.
The match was delayed after both men were forced to beat the waterlogged clay out of their shoes after almost every single point.
It was Nadal tossing a soaked ball to the chair umpire that ultimately led to the rain delay decision.
6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2 The delay will mark the first time since 1973 that the match won’t end on a Tuesday. That match ended on a Tuesday when Ilie Nastase defeated Nikki Pilic.
The Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic match could head into a Tuesday playoff should intermittent rain on Monday turn to more severe weather.
In the meantime Sunday’s rain appeared to shift the momentum away from Nadal who is considered a master of clay courts. Djokovic was down two sets and 2-0 in the third but eventually turned things around as rain continued to fall.
Game play will resume on Monday morning if weather permits.
Do you think Nadal will pull off the record-setting win or will Djokovic finally end his clay court reign.