French Open 2019 Finals: Serbian star Novak Djokovic’s Roland Garros semi-final clash with Dominic Thiem was halted for the day in the third set on Friday due to deteriorating weather conditions. Austrian fourth seed Thiem led 6-2, 3-6, 3-1 against the world number one when the players left Court Philippe Chatrier. The semi-final will resume at 1000GMT (3:30 PM IST) on Saturday, organizers said. The winner will play with Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s final after the 11-time champion beat old rival Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 earlier on Friday.
Djokovic leads Thiem 6-2 in their head-to-head record but both of Thiem’s wins have come on clay, including a win in last year’s French Open quarter-final.
Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the semi-final at Roland Garros to reach his 12th French Open final. A match that showcased remarkable tennis, it was the claycourt mastery of Nadal that took the cake. Against the wind or with the wind, Nadal remained on top throughout the match.
Federer now trails Nadal 6-0 on clay and 15-24 in their career head-to-head record. The King of Clay continued his stranglehold over his arena and registered his first win over Federer in their last six matches.
Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal is one of the greatest sporting rivalries and Roland Garros, on Friday, was graced by another chapter of the great battle. The match had it all – from Nadal’s massive forehand to Federer’s delightful backhand, from drop shots to on-the-line close balls, the quality of Fedal number 39 was top notch.
— ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) June 7, 2019
Nadal is now going for a 12th Roland Garros title and a hat-trick of trophies in Paris, having won the French Open in 2017 and 2018.
Novak Djokovic takes on Dominic Thiem in the other men’s singles semi-final and this one’s moments away.
In the women’s semi-finals, Ash Barty beat Amanda Anisimova and Johanna Konta was stumped by 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova as both ladies made their first French Open final.