The only thing that can stop Novak Djokovic is apparently the weather, but thankfully play has resumed on day 2 following delay due to rain.
Roland Garros' official Twitter account announced the news, but also that some schedule matches were cancelled:
The last matches for Courts 1, 2, 5, 6, 10, 14, 15 and 16 have been cancelled for today. They'll be scheduled for tomorrow #RG14— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) May 26, 2014
Djokovic previously appealed to court officials during the first set of his opening-round match against Joao Sousa for a delay, as rain came falling hard from the Paris sky. His appeal was granted, and soon the French Open halted all other ongoing matches:
UPDATE: Matches have been suspended due to rain #RG14— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) May 26, 2014
In total, there were 10 matches delayed by the weather and tarps were brought out to avoid the playing surface being too damaged.
The first round is not scheduled to conclude on the single's side until Tuesday, but with men's getting underway, an extended delay could have made for a crowded slate. However, it did not seem like the downpour would cause anything nearing a day-long delay.
Of the matches halted by rain, Djokovic's was obviously the most high-profile.
Djokovic was leading Sousa 4-1 when the two men went back to the locker room. Though he'd been broken once, Djokovic came back with two breaks of his own and looked to be in command early. The second-ranked Serb is attempting to complete the career Grand Slam at Roland Garros. He narrowly missed out in 2012, losing to Rafael Nadal in the final, and has looked strong in the clay court season.
"Knowing that I have gotten closer and closer each year to the title gives me enough reason to be confident for the start of this year," Djokovic said, per an ESPN report.
Nadal will also somewhat feel the effects of the delay, as his scheduled match with Robby Ginepri will be later than expected. An eight-time champion at Roland Garros, Nadal will take the court after the first-round match between Gilles Simon and Ante Pavic. Simon was leading 2-1 in the first set when the call was made for a delay.
Also on the court was 18th-seeded woman Eugenie Bouchard, who was on the precipice of knocking off Shahar Peer. Bouchard should finish off her 6-0, 3-1 lead quickly after players are allowed to return.
The No. 17 seeds on both the men's and women's side, Tommy Robredo and Roberta Vinci, were also sent to the locker rooms mid-match. Robredo may be thanking the skies, though, as he dropped his first set 6-4 to James Ward. Vinci had an early 3-1 lead on Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier.
It will be interesting to see how—if at all—the delay affects the momentum of the ongoing matches. Often a player's adrenaline will be flowing mid-match, only for a delay to come in and fundamentally alter its trajectory. Professional tennis players shouldn't struggle for motivation at a Grand Slam, but it's nonetheless difficult to psych oneself up never knowing when you'll return to the court.
ESPN Tennis had a picture of Djokovic waiting, highlighting the typical routine for players:
Given it's only the first round—when most high-ranked players have little more than walkthrough—it shouldn't change too much. If Robredo comes back and wins, though, perhaps his first "thank you" should be to Mother Nature.
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