PHOTOS: Rain holds up Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros

(AP) – Heavy rain brought an early end to play on the second day of Roland Garros on Monday, forcing defending champion Rafael Nadal to return tomorrow.

When the covers were drawn just before 8 PM local time, Rafa was 6-4, 6-3, 0-3 up on Italian lucky loser Simone Bolelli as he started his bid for an 11th French Open title.

The pair will continue as the second match on Court Philippe Chatrier on Tuesday. The winner will play Argentine Guido Pella or Estoril champion Joao Sousa. Pella leads the Portuguese by two sets in a match that was also suspended.

Sources: AP, ATP World Tour

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21 thoughts on “PHOTOS: Rain holds up Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros

  1. Margo

    WTA world No. 1 Simona Halep’s match was scheduled as the last one today on Courte Phillipe Chatrier. It has been rescheduled for tomorrow. Just saying.

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  2. Elaine Crowder

    Rafa I have read before where Rafa said he benefited from a rain delay,

    as he was able to re focus and go back with different ideas and approaches.

    All the best Rafa for your ongoing game today,

    love and prayers,

    AlaineXX

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  3. Rafantastic

    Best of luck tomorrow Rafa ❤️🍀🤗
    Hope the rain delay is going to be in your favour ☔️🤞🏻😘

    VAMOOS CHAMP! 🎾💪🏼😍

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  4. Amelia Chilleron Hellin

    Rafa tienes k reaccionar como hiciste en Roma cuando la lluvia interrupiò el partido con Zverev….estàn haciendo los tiros d pelota lo mismo k Thiem…aparte k Bolleil es un buen doblista y tiene estrategias…pero se k cuando salgas reaccionaras…a x tu 11 titulo….SIEMPRE CONTIGO!!!!!!

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  5. Mac

    Any cause for concern? I saw a little of the first two sets and it seemed Rafa wasn’t having everything his way…

    And then he is 0-3 down in the third.

    Come tomorrow, Rafa should try to play a 6-0 set and that will be that.

    Getting broken seems worrying though. Maybe it’s first match jitters? I hope!

    Stay strong champ, this is your place!

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  6. Jean Sober

    That low first serve percentage is reason for concern. It is what made Rafa vulnerable in the Rome final and it will make him vulnerable at RG. He was broken in each set today…

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  7. jas_uk

    Although it’s difficult to have to finish the match the next day, I’m glad they stopped as I was worried about Rafa slipping.

    The resumed match will be second on Court Philippe Chatrier tomorrow, following Cilic’s match. I hope the weather is better, although forecasts for the rest of this week are not too promising.

    I think Rafa can still win in straights. Vamos!

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  8. Va4favre

    I don’t think it is fair to blame the organizers for Rafa’s schedule today. NBC is paying a lot for the RG rights and they wanted Rafa’s match during their broadcast window which started at o12 noon EDT. Rafa is still so nervous which was coupled with damp weather. Rafa served only 55% too. Bolelli came out with a plan to blast everything, which was the same strategy used successfully by Thiem. Bolelli’s challenge was to be able to keep it up for best of five. I fully expect Rafa to come out tomorrow with guns blazing. He will have been disappointed at his level today, but he is still up two sets.

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    1. Margo

      GGEEEZZZZZZ

      NO ONE knows what Rafa may have agreed to regarding court he would play on. OR, if he had things to take care of earlier in the day [sponsors?] OR, as Va4favre suggested, broadcasting rights may have dictated when and/or where Rafa would play which is a sensible explanation from a sensible fan.

      Rafa himself said “there are decisions made about court assignments AND HE UNDERSTANDS THAT.”

      RAFA ROCKS INTELLIGENCE

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    2. Fan love

      WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL? RAFA IS LEADING…..DOES NOT MATTER HOW HE GOT TO LEAD TWO SETS…….HE IS PLAYING HIS GAME TODAY AND NO NEED FOR HIM TO BE NOTHING BUT PROUD OF HIS ABILITY TO CLOSE FIRST TWO SETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) NONE OF US HAS ANY RECORD CLOSE TO ANY OF RAFA’S BRILLIANT PERFORMANCES……AND HE IS ABSOLUTELY NOT EXCEPTED TO BE PERFECT EVERY SECOND…..NO WAY……ON THE OTHER HAND, HIS TALENT AND BRILLIANCE COMES THROUGH AS IT COMES….AND AS IS….AND THAT IS A GIFT TO ALL AVID TENNIS FANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : )
      I LOVE THAT HIS ENGAGING CAREER KEEPS MANY IN BUSINESS AND MANY TALKING ETC…..AND THE GREATEST JOY IS TO SEE HIM STRIDE FORWARD IN HIS RAFA NADAL PRECIOUS STYLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )
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  9. Fan love

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  10. Jean Sober

    This one is not yet in the bag. And indeed, how horrible is the RG organization. They really don’t like Nadal. They’re not even trying to hide it. Their next move is to put him on langlen again, watch it.

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    1. Fan love

      EVERYONE LIKES AND RESPECTS RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) HE BRINGS THEM LOTS OF FAME & REVENUES…….BOTTOM LINE HE IS GLOBALLY ADORED AND THE SPORT OF TENNIS BENEFITS GREATLY FROM HIS BRILLIANT TENNIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) THEY LOVE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) SO YES, ALL TENNIS FOLKS & ORGANIZATION HAVE SUCH HIGH REGARD & ADMIRATION FOR HIS EXQUISITE PRESENCE IN ALL TOURS…….HE IS LOVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: ) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : )
      VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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  11. mjus

    ridiculous to put the champ as last one for today. It seems that the organization will do everything possible to make sure he doesnt win the 11th title.

    First round is always difficult on a grandslam. Nadal should come out tomorrow and finish it in three sets.

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    1. Fan love

      RAFA IS SO SOLID….HE DOES NOT CARE AT ALL ABOUT ANYTHING OTHERS DO OR DO NOT DO……THAT IS HIS GIFT AND GRACE AS A CLASSY PROFESSIONAL PLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) HE DOES NOT PAY ANY ATTENTION TO NOTHING BUT PLAYING HIS POINT BY POINT AND KEEPING HIS FUNF MOVING FORWARD ….SO I AGREE……YES….HE WILL PREVAIL AND NO BIG DEAL INDEED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )
      VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

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  12. PUMA

    What a scandal that they put Nadal as the last match of the day!

    Anyway Wamos Rafa you are not going to lose against world number 130

    Wamos Rafa, you are the best.

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  13. Margo

    Competitive match so far. Great corner shots from both players. Bolelli reading Rafa too well. I hope Rafa will have a plan to close out the third set for a match win tomorrow despite being down 3-0 in set three. Yes, it’s possible.

    RAFA ROCKS

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  14. JUDY kay

    Now able to readjust. Come back on Tuesday. Finish up the 3rd set with a win. Best of luck. Play hard and smart. Wishing you the best. 💜💙💚💖🎾🎾

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