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Men's French Open final to resume on Monday

Last updated on: June 11, 2012 00:56 IST

The French Open men's final between six-times champion Rafa Nadal and world number one Novak Djokovic was suspended for the day after rain stopped play on Sunday.

Organisers said the final will resume at 1:00 pm local time (1100GMT) with Djokovic in the ascendancy and serving for a 3-1 lead in the fourth set..

The last time a French Open men's final failed to be completed on a Sunday was 1973 when it was played on the following Tuesday with Ilie Nastase beating Niki Pilic.

French openDjokovic, bidding to become only the third man, and first in 43 years, to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time had looked down and out at one stage.

After slipping two sets down, he was also a break down at 0-2 in the third before he reeled off eight games in succession to take the third set and lead 2-0 in the fourth.

Nadal had stopped the rot for 2-1 before play was suspended.

The Spanish world number two, playing in his 16th Grand Slam final and seeking an 11th major, went into Sunday's final with a staggering record of 51 wins against just one loss at Roland Garros.

Djokovic, the Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open champion, was looking to emulate Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) by holding four majors at the same time.

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