published Sunday, June 10th, 2012

French Open men’s final suspended by rain

PARIS — The French Open final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic was suspended in the fourth set because of rain, the first time in 39 years the tournament won’t end on a Sunday.

Nadal led 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2 after 3 hours of play when the day’s second rain delay sent the players to the locker room. About an hour later, the suspension until Monday was announced, with a start time of 1 p.m. (7 a.m. EDT).

Monday’s forecast predicts intermittent rain.

The French Open hasn’t been pushed past the final Sunday since 1973, when Ilie Nastase beat Nikki Pilic in a match that ended on Tuesday.

Djokovic is trying to become the first man in 43 years to win four consecutive Grand Slam titles. Nadal is seeking a record seventh French Open championship.

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