Rain Halts Federer; Davydenko Advances at French Open

Posted on May 29, 2007

One of the few opponents that can stop world No. 1 Roger Federer, the rain, halted the Swiss' progress in another rainy display Monday at the French Open.

The Swiss led American journeyman Mike Russell 6-4, 4-1 when rain halted the match for the day. Only one match was completed Monday, with No. 4 seed Nikolay Davydenko advancing into the second round after an easy 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Stefano Galvani.

"I need to break, break, break or play faster because coming rain," said Davydenko on his thoughts during the match of the rain. "I don't want to stop waiting for one game more, and this was starting rain and my serve, I was finish faster, faster."

In other incomplete matches No. 7 seed Ivan Ljubicic led Arnaud Clement 6-1, 4-4; No. 9 Tommy Robredo led Sergio Roitman 6-3, 6-4, 2-1; Amer Delic led No. 17 Juan Carlos Ferrero 4-3; No. 29 Filippo Volandri led Paul Capdeville 6-3, 2-2; Chris Guccione led Konstantinos Economidis 7-6(6); Werner Sidorenko led Alexandre Sidorenko 6-3, 3-4; and Martin Vassallo Arguello led Alejandro Falla 6-3, 4-2.

Highlights Tuesday on the backed-up Roland Garros schedule are (1) Federer vs. Russell (to finish), (16) Marcos Baghdatis vs. Sebastien Grosjean, (2) Rafael Nadal vs. Juan Martin Del Potro, (7) Ljubicic vs. Clement (to finish), (11) Richard Gasquet vs. Nicolas Mahut in an all-French, (3) Andy Roddick vs. Igor Andreev, (6) Novak Djokovic vs. Santiago Giraldo, (18) Juan Ignacio Chela vs. Fabrice "The Magician" Santoro, (14) Lleyton Hewitt vs. Max "The Beast" Mirnyi, (8) James Blake vs. "Dr." Ivo Karlovic, Delic vs. (17) Ferrero (to finish), (5) Fernando "Gonzo" Gonzalez vs. Radek Stepanek, Guillermo "G-Lo" Garcia-Lopez vs. (10) Tomas Berdych, and Frenchman Marc Gicquel vs. headcase Gaston Gaudio.

Eighty-two total singles matches are scheduled for Tuesday, when the French weatherman says rain will not play a part.