Courier: Rain kept Djokovic from winning French Open

by: Matt Cronin April 11, 2013

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Two time Roland Garros champion and U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier says that if not for a rain delay he believes Novak Djokovic would have beaten Rafael Nadal for the French Open title last June. Play was suspended with Nadal trying to protect a 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2 lead on Sunday, but Nadal came back on Monday and completed a 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 win contested over two days.

“I think [Djokovic] would have [won Roland Garros] last year but for a rain delay,” Courier said. “Certainly [he] can [this year].”

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