Roland Garros - Rain ruins Wednesday's action, introducing packed two days


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Roland Garros - Rain ruins Wednesday's action, introducing packed two days

For the third time since 2000, the rain has washed away a complete day at Roland Garros, sending the remaining four quarter-final matches to Thursday and setting all four semi-finals for Friday. The weather forecast had promised nothing good yesterday and it turned out to be 100% correct, with a steady rain that kept falling since the morning, forcing the organizers to cancel the day and make changes in the schedule.

This means that Simona Halep, Amanda Anisimova, Madison Keys or Ashleigh Barty will have to step on the court for three consecutive days on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to grab the title against the rested Marketa Vondrousova or Johanna Konta who finished their quarter-final duties on Tuesday.

In the men's draw, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev will play their match right after Halep and Anisimova (the action starts at noon) and the winner of that one has to battle on Friday versus the winner of the last quarter-final clash between the last year's finalist Dominic Thiem and newly-promoted top-10 star Karen Khachanov.

This means that some of these four players has to pass three best-of-five obstacles in four day to go all the way and win the title, with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal taking another day off on Thursday and preparing for the blockbuster semi-final clash on Friday, just like they did 14 years ago for the first time here in Paris.

On Tuesday, Rafa took down Kei Nishikori to advance into the 12th Roland Garros semis while Roger battled past Stan Wawrinka in four sets to join a great rival, reaching the last four at Roland Garros for the first time since 2012.