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French Open men’s final suspended because of rain

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns in the men’s final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros Stadium in Paris on Sunday, June 10, 2012. The match was suspended until Monday because of rain. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

PARIS (AP) — 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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