Novak Djokovic was up a break and serving, but down two sets to one when the rains descended on Roland Garros. Play will resume at 7:00am Eastern Time Monday.
Rafael Nadal jumped out to a two-set lead, winning the first two sets 6-4, 6-3. Nadal jumped out to a 2-0 lead to begin the third set and looked to be well on his way to a record-setting seventh French Open title.
That’s when Nole caught fire. Djokovic ripped off eight straight games. He won the third set 6-2 and then took his own 2-0 lead in the fourth. Nadal won the third game of the fourth set before the rains came.
According to TennisX.Com, Djokovic’s improving serve was a key turning point. He served at just 48 and 50 percent in the first two sets, but 75 percent in winning the third.
Djokovic has been much more aggressive up to this point. The winners are fairly even with Djokovic holding a slight 33 to 29 advantage. Nadal has committed just 23 unforced errors to Djokovic’s 40.
Djokovic’s success at the net an on break points played a huge role in his comeback. Djokovic is seven for 10 on break points, while Nadal is just seven for 15. Djokovic has won 70 percent of his points at the net to just 54 percent for Nadal.
He dominated the third set. He won 12 out of the 18 points on his first serve in the second set.
Getting off to a good start will be key to staying in the match for Djokovic. He will serve first with a 2-1 third set lead when they resume play Monday. It’s hard to say who has the momentum.
The match moving to the NBC Sports Network should boost ratings for the network formally known as Versus that re-branded itself in January. The Stanley Cup Finals, Triple Crown coverage and now the French Open have given the network great exposure.