Persistent rain accompanied by a flood warning washed out the
entire day's play at the French Open for the first time since
2000, creating a scheduling headache and fuelling a debate
about the need for a showcourt roof.
Perennial grand slam title contenders Stan Wawrinka and Andy
Murray were joined in the French Open quarterfinals by two
unfamiliar faces as the Parisian clay continued to turn up
unexpected plot lines.
A dominant Rafa Nadal reached one career milestone but the
nature of the Spaniard's passage through the early rounds of
the French Open suggests his eyes are fixed firmly on another
more significant landmark.
Andy Murray has survived a second close shave at the French
Open, but his path towards what he hopes will be a maiden
title in Paris is getting so circuitous he may soon find
himself hacking through trees in the nearby Bois de Boulogne.
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams barely got
their shoes dusty at the French Open but two of the top five
women's seeds went out and Andy Murray survived the first
round by the skin of his teeth.