French Open 2012: Why Novak Djokovic Will Benefit from the Rain Delay
A second rain delay was called in the fourth round of the 2012 French Open Men's final. No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal is up two sets, but No.1 Novak Djokovic rattled off eight straight games to take the third set and lead in the fourth.
While most will agree that the suspended play will benefit Rafa, the Serbian will be able to take advantage of the rest, too.
After the first rain delay in the second set, Djoker came out with all of the momentum on his side. This allowed him to get inside Nadal's head and cause frustration. If he wishes to keep the positive energy on his side, he has to come out with the same fast start he did before.
Novak also needed the break to refuel. He played two long and grueling five-set matches in both the quarterfinals and semifinals, and he was looking tired. The suspension of play until tomorrow will allow the No. 1 player to regain some of his strength and energy.
The clay court will have time to dry. This will benefit both players, but in particular, the hard-hitting Djokovic.
When the court and ball are wet, it does not allow it to kick up and spin. Clay is normally a slow surface, but with top spin, the ball has a little extra pop on it that allows it to speed up off the court, making it difficult for opponents to set up and return a quality shot. This will allow Novak to dictate the points and set the tone of the match in his favor.
When play resumes between the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds tomorrow, Roland Garros will be in for a real treat. Look for Novak to come out swinging and ready to fight for his fourth straight Grand Slam title, a victory that will make him arguably one of the greatest tennis players ever.
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