ATP Roland Garros: Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, rain and controversy



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ATP Roland Garros: Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, rain and controversy

The rain and wind played a major part on Friday's Roland Garros schedule, with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer struggling to find the rhythm in windy conditions in the first match on Court Philippe-Chatrier. The good things for Nadal were that he claimed the triumph without leaving the court of further struggles with weather conditions, which wasn't the case with the second semi-final.

After an hour and 28 minutes, the last year's finalist Dominic Thiem led 6-2, 3-6, 3-1 against world no. 1 Novak Djokovic before the action had to be canceled for the day, setting the restart for Saturday at noon local time.

Djokovic wasn't a happy camper right from the start, struggling to find the rhythm and never liking the conditions out there, especially after a terrible first set that was all about Thiem. The Austrian dropped one point in four service games, taking half of the return points and breaking Novak in games three and seven for a commanding advantage after 27 minutes.

Dominic drew first blood with a break at 15 in game three, keeping the focus after a short rain delay and moving 5-2 up with a break at love in game seven. Djokovic called for a supervisor, discussing the rules and how strong the wind has to blow for the match to get suspended.

Serving for the opener, Thiem held at love following a weak forehand from Djokovic, moving 6-2 in front and hoping for more of the same in the rest of the encounter. The Serb saved two break points in the third game of the second set before the action had to be postponed once again at 3-2 for Novak, returning to the court soon and witnessing the break for Novak in game eight when Dominic's forehand landed long.

Djokovic secured the set in the next game but things were not that good for him at the beginning of the third, saving a break point in game two before Thiem grabbed a break in game four to move 3-1 in front. That was the last game for today despite the fact the rain stopped soon, allowing them to play for at least an hour and a half more.

There were rumors Djokovic left the site before any official call, unwilling to spend more time at the complex after such a tough day at the office but the organizers denied that, saying they informed both players at the same time about the decision to cancel the rest of the day. Dominic and Novak will return on Saturday at noon local time, hoping for better conditions and higher quality of tennis.