Funny man Djokovic slithers to damp French Open win

Mon May 26, 2014 11:48am EDT
 
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By Robert Woodward

PARIS (Reuters) - Second seed Novak Djokovic played the funny man as he slipped and slithered to a 6-1 6-2 6-4 win over Portugal's Joao Sousa on the rain-interrupted second day of the French Open on Monday.

The start of play was delayed for about one hour, and Maria Sharapova managed to finish off fellow Russian Ksenia Pervak for the loss of only three games before the rain returned to stop play for another hour.

Djokovic was leading 4-1 at the time and, on the resumption, broke Sousa to love. He then recovered from 0-40 on his own serve to wrap up the first set with two crushing first serves.

Rain began to fall again with the Serb, who is strongly fancied to end Rafael Nadal's hold on the title, preparing to serve for the set at 5-2. Djokovic sat, looking slightly ridiculous, in a white hooded waterproof jacket as the umpire decided whether to take the players off court.

Djokovic made a series of faces at the camera before inviting a ball boy to share his seat, and a soft drink. They chatted about his racquet and life in general under a large umbrella to the amusement of the sheltering crowd.

When play resumed after five minutes, they shook hands politely before resuming their previous roles.

BLOWN KISSES   Continued...

 
Maria Sharapova of Russia serves to compatriot Ksenia Pervak during their women's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 26, 2014.       REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes