Waiting game for Djokovic, Murray
PARIS (AP) – Novak Djokovic has waited and waited to win his first French Open tennis title and complete a career Grand Slam, worrying about when – or perhaps even whether – he would get another chance after coming close in recent years.
Now Djokovic must ponder all of that a little longer: His semi-final against Andy Murray was suspended in the fourth set Friday night, initially halted because of an impending storm and then put off altogether when the rain did arrive minutes later.
The No. 1-seeded Djokovic won the first two sets 6-3, 6-3 and appeared to be in control, before No. 3 Murray took the third 7-5. At 3-3 in the fourth, with dark clouds moving in and light fading, they were ushered off the court. Djokovic and Murray will resume Saturday at 1 p.m. local time, a little more than 16 hours after they stopped.
The eventual winner will face a much-more-rested Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in Sunday’s final.
The eighth-seeded Wawrinka, who eliminated Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, followed that up by defeating France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (3), 6-4 in Friday’s opening semi-final.
Serena Williams will play and Lucie Safarova in the women’s final on Saturday.