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French Open 2012: Second Rain Delay Of Day Frustrates Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic's hot play had Rafael Nadal looking for a rain delay midway through the third set at Roland Garros on Sunday. But when the tables were turned, and Nadal broke through against Djokovic, Nadal complained about the delay that would eventually come with Djokovic up 2-1 in the fourth set.

Nadal had just won a game, ending a streak of eight straight games for the world's No. 1, before the second rain delay of the day was called, and told tournament officials that the court was the same as an hour prior as he made his way back to the locker room.

It's hard to blame Nadal for wanting to continue to build momentum against Djokovic after Djokovic steamrolled him in the third set, momentum unbroken. But persistent rain all day has made the courts sloppy and slippery, and whether or not momentum is carried is likely a less compelling point of interest for tournament officials than player safety and the integrity of play.

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