Dark­ness halts Fed­erer-Mon­fils match

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PARIS — Roger Fed­erer could be ex­cused if he has a rest­less night.

With thick gray clouds over­head and light slip­ping away at the end of a rainy day, Fed­erer got bro­ken by Gael Mon­fils to even their French Open fourth-round match at a set apiece, right be­fore play was suspended Sun­day.

They met on the side­line to chat with the chair um­pire, then clasped hands, and Mon­fils gave Fed­erer a play­ful pat on the shoul­der. Spec­ta­tors at Court Philippe Cha­trier booed and whis­tled upon hear­ing there’d be no more ten­nis.

Fed­erer, the 17-time Grand Slam cham­pion, and Mon­fils, the flam­boy­ant French­man who won their two most re­cent en­coun­ters, will re­sume Mon­day. At least they fin­ished two sets, with Fed­erer tak­ing the first 6-3, and Mon­fils win­ning the sec­ond 6-4.

Two women’s matches did not begin at all Sun­day, in­clud­ing de­fend­ing cham­pion Maria Shara­pova against Lu­cie Sa­farova.

In the quar­ter­fi­nals, Fed­erer or Mon­fils will face Fed­erer’s Swiss Davis Cup team­mate Stan Wawrinka, seeded eighth, who had no trou­ble beat­ing 12th-seeded French­man Gilles Simon, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.

Wawrinka said he’ll be watch­ing the rest of Fed­er­erMon­fils “like any ten­nis fan.”

On the other half of the draw, No. 5 Kei Nishikori be­came the first Ja­panese man in 82 years to reach the quar­ter­fi­nals in Paris, elim­i­nat­ing Tey­mu­raz Gabashvi- li, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

“I hope it’s just the start of my jour­ney and I hope I can keep go­ing,” said Nishikori, who had three days off be­cause his third-round op­po­nent with­drew with an in­jury.

The only other man from his coun­try to make it this far at this tour­na­ment was Jiro Sa­toh, a semi­fi­nal­ist in 1931 and 1933.

Next for Nishikori is No. 14 Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga of France, who over­came a mid-match lapse to de­feat No. 4 To­mas Berdych, 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3.

The post­pone­ment of play set up quite a sched­ule Mon­day. Along with Fed­erer-Mon­fils and Shara­pova- Sa­farova, there will be matches fea­tur­ing Rafael Nadal, No­vak Djokovic, Andy Mur­ray and Serena Wil­liams.

In a women’s match Sun­day, No. 7 Ana Ivanovic beat No. 9 Eka­te­rina Makarova, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1, to re­turn to the quar­ter­fi­nals for the first time since win­ning the 2008 ti­tle.

“On the one hand, it does feel like it’s a dif­fer­ent life. On the other hand, I feel like time is re­ally f ly­ing. I feel it hasn’t been that many years,” said Ivanovic, who briefly was ranked No. 1 af­ter win­ning her lone Grand Slam tro­phy. “I def­i­nitely do have the feel­ing it’s amaz­ing.”

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