The semi final match between David Ferrer and Novak Djokovic has been stopped at 5-2 in favour for the Spaniard, forcing the mens final to be scheduled for Monday after a day of horrid weather and conditions and tornado warnings.
A lucky miss-hit off Ferrer’s racket gifted him a break point. Repeatedly drawing Djokovic to the net with short balls a beautiful lob gave him a 1-0 lead.
Continued aggressive play from Ferrer saw him wrong-foot Djokovic as the Serbian seemed well below his normal agility and accuracy levels and very quickly David lead 5-1.
Ferrer’s movement around the court only served to highlight the poor movement and management of conditions by Djokovic.
Unfairly for David they were asked to leave the court before rain even started and while the sun was still shining. Apparently New York State had received a tornado warning and the event needed to be evacuated however, the conditions seemed no worse than the Murray V Berdych match.
The storm never came.
It’s possible that the rain delay aids Ferrer’s performance, giving his weary legs a chance to recover after his five set tussle with Janko Tipsarevic but this situation is unlikely. With Novak showing all the signs of mentally struggling under the conditions it was really likely to be Ferrer’s best chance and yet he still wasn’t allowed to close out the first set.
While it’s understandable that the tournament organizers had no choice with tornado’s touching down elsewhere in New York state you have to feel sorry for David because the break is more likely to favour Novak and the odds were already heavily in Novak’s favour.