Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

French Open quarter-finals delayed by rain

French Open quarter-finals delayed by rain

A smattering of junior matches made it on court before the rain arrived but none of the remaining quarter-finals in the men's and women's singles could start.

Top-seeded Djokovic carries a 25-match Grand Slam winning streak into his meeting with No. 5 Alexander Zverev, and 2018 French Open finalist Dominic Thiem faces No. 10 Karen Khachanov. Then we will worry about Friday after that, but Friday is kind of complicated already. The women's semifinals will be rescheduled from Thursday to Friday accordingly. Defending champion Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer set up a 39th clash between them. Most impressive, perhaps, was this: Halep had won 16 consecutive return games coming into Thursday, but Anisimova saved 6 of 7 break points.

Novak Djokovic was also among those who had been due to play yesterday but rain from lunchtime meant the covers stayed on.

Only Australian great Rod Laver has held all four majors at the same time twice before, after his calendar Grand Slams in 1962 and 1969.

The Austrian fourth seed, widely regarded as the man standing between a final showdown between Djokovic and 11-times champion Rafael Nadal, wiped 14th seed Monfils off Court Philippe Chatrier in expeditious fashion.

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"But we want to see players in the best possible condition and if we have to make the tough call to move players to a smaller court, it's a possibility", said Forget.

The other semifinal scheduled for Friday is No. 26 Johanna Konta of Britain against unseeded 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.

Nishikori won 6-2, 6-7 (8/10), 6-2, 6-7 (8/10), 7-5 in a shade under four hours to reach his third last-eight match at the French Open. Prior to that, it hadn't happened since 2000.

In view of a potential scheduling pile-up, Forget acknowledged the solutions available are not "ideal" and pointed to the fact Nadal and Djokovic finished their 2012 final on a Monday following rain interruptions. That was the first time since 1973 that the clay-court major tournament lasted past its originally scheduled final Sunday.

"None of them are ideal, because we have the ladies' and the men's to be played", said Forget.

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