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Summary

  1. Rain halts play for second time on Tuesday
  2. Djokovic leads Bautista Agut 3-6 6-4 4-1
  3. To follow: S Williams (US) v Svitolina (Ukr)
  4. To follow: Gasquet (Fra) v Murray (GB)

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Weather break

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Right, we are gong to take a break while the players do likewise.

We will return if and when the weather takes a turn for the better in Paris.

While we wait, why not head over to check out our report of the day's truncated action with news of two big female seeds falling.

With the ball caked in wet clay & quite hard to see, the players leave the court with Djokovic 4-1 up. Precisely 2 hrs played, so no refunds

Only a cynic would suggest that the French Open organisers - having paid out about two million euros for ticket refunds yesterday and with a bill to pay on a new roof in 2020 - would have been keeping half an eye on the clock as well as the clouds.

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Djokovic 3-6 6-4 4-1 *Bautista Agut

The Parisian crowd give a collective Gallic grumble.

But there is no denying that it has got very soggy out there.

The balls have turned from yellow to a dirty brown and the effort that Novak Djokovic is exerting to hit a winner shows that it is affecting the play quite significantly.

Off they troop.

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Djokovic holds

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Holding his serve after a break has been like gripping a greased salmon for Novak Djokovic, but he has finally reeled in that game.

Is the world number one slowly, but surely, snuffing out Bautista Agut's hopes of an upset?

Djokovic saves three break points, deuce

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Roberto Bautista Agut is relishing the rallies as the old balls get clogged with clay and give him an extra fraction of a second to get to Novak Djokovic's angles.

The Spaniard wins a mammoth 33-stroke rally and then pats away a reflex backhand volley to set up two points for an immediate break back.

Novak Djokovic claws though back with some mundane percentage tennis rather than his usual pyrotechnic displays.

A forehand wide via a net cord though gives Bautista Agut another break point.

Djokovic finally pummels his man into submission to save that one. It is so much harder to hit a clean winner in these heavy, cold and damp conditions.

Simon Briggs

Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"They've played 101 points and Djokovic has won 51 compared to Bautista Agut's 50.

"You can see how close it is."

Djokovic breaks

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Novak Djokovic shows no mercy to poor Roberto Bautista Agut's hooves.

The Serb runs his opponent all around the court to set up two break points at 15-40.

One saved by Bautista Agut, but Djokovic trains fire on the Spaniard's backhand on the next and milks it for the error he needs.

Now, can he hang onto it?

Djokovic 3-6 6-4 2-1 *Bautista Agut

After that bit of chiropody, we are ready for the tennis.

Novak Djokovic was up and waiting, swishing practice strokes on the baseline while Bautista Agut was treated.

The Spaniard to serve.

Bautista Agut
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Simon Briggs

Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"All Djokovic's body language is now saying 'get on with it' and 'I can feel myself pulling that back into it'.

"There's no stalling tactics that we saw from him before the rain break."

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Roberto Bautista Agut is getting some treatment on a blister on his toe.

This looks a little medieval. The physio pulls out a syringe to suck out the venom. What a job.

Meanwhile the rain is getting heavier and the brolllies are blossoming in the stands.

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Novak Djokovic holds serve with plenty to spare. 

All eyes at the changeover though are on the tournament officials who are muttering darkly into walkie-talkies and looking skywards.

Simon Briggs

Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"We talk a lot about the obsession with Djokovic winning this competition. 

"It probably gives him strength for 11 months of the year but now it's a weakness. 

"There's a sense he wants it too much and he's unloaded too much energy early in the tournament."

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Novak Djokovic is circling the Roberto Bautista Agut serve again at 0-30.

The Serb scampers in to run down a drop-shot, clips a cute reply across court and...just wide.

Djokovic is continuing his one-man game of charades - acting out a bad shoulder - for the whole of Philippe Chatrier. I'm sure it hurts, it is just he is making sure everyone is aware of it as well.

But here comes a break point. Roberto Bautista Agut saves it as he slaps a drive volley down the line.

And the Spaniard completes his usual escape with a perfectly calibrated slice drop-shot.  

Djokovic 3-6 6-4 1-0 Bautista Agut*

A backhand error from Djokovic sees him fall behind in his opening service game of the third set. That's 15 unforced errors now for the world number one.

The Serb's body language is still very negative and he looks in real discomfort around his shoulders. 

Djokovic eventually holds, after going to deuce, but he doesn't look too happy.  

Novak Djokovic
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Simon Briggs

Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"That just shows you how hard it is to win a rally. Djokovic landed the ball flush on the baseline twice and then he still had to put away the backhand.

"He is the master of keeping the ball alive."

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Game and second set

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Roberto Bautista Agut is racking up some serious mileage on the baseline, skidding out to the fringes to keep rallies going that in dryer, faster conditions might be out of his reach.

He does well to keep in the game to deuce, but Novak Djokovic is dictating terms.

Djokovic tightens up again on break and set point, mis-cueing into the net.

Bautista Agut slaps into the tape to offer up a second set point though.

And this time Novak Djokovic makes it stick, crunching away a double-handed backhand punch to finally find a way through.

Novak Djokovic
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Simon Briggs

Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Bautista Agut is living by the break but could also die by the break.

"In these conditions, the serve isn't the weapon it usually would be."

Bautista Agut breaks

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Just when you think that Novak Djokovic has got his game back on the rails...

A murmur of intrigue and concern from the Paris crowd as the world number one pings in a double fault to hand Bautista Agut 30-40 and break point.

Saved with an ace.

But here comes another as Djokovic breaks a string and has to get a fresh bat out of his bag.

The Serb is sporting a rueful grin as if Lady Luck is wading in on his opponent's side.

And his mood is not going to be improved by that. A wafty forehand wide with acres of court to aim at the set is back on serve. 

Djokovic breaks

*Djokovic 3-6 5-3 Bautista Agut

A little chinwag between the umpire and a tournament official at the start of the game. It is drizzling, but they can play through that.

Back down on court, Novak Djokovic is still suffering from a bit of white-line fever, failing to get the job done on break point once again.

He over-cooks a routine groundstroke and swats the ball into the stands in frustration as it comes back. The Serb has converted just one out of seven so far in this set.

Roberto Bautista Agut is chasing hard to frustrate his man and deny him a winner. And there is a big serve to save another break point.

But Novak Djokovic presses the net to ask the question of Bautista Agut's forehand and finally wrestles the game into submission as the Spaniard strays wide.

Novak Djokovic
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Simon Briggs

Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Numbers now soaring back up on the umbrella index. There's about 40 or 50 going up.

"These are perfect conditions for Bautista Agut, who never misses a shot, to have a go at the world number one."

Bautista Agut breaks

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Now then.

Novak Djokovic is up on the second-set scoreboard, but all is not quite right with the top seed's game.

The Serb hands the break right back, showing Roberto Bautista Agut a corridor of space down the line for the Spaniard to drive a winner for 30-40.

Bautista Agut converts and Djokovic has much to ponder.

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Djokovic breaks

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Novak Djokovic looks like he is still getting his bearings in the damp, heavy conditions.

The Serb clouts a groundstroke long as though he is expecting the ball to hold up even more than it is.

That is more like it. Djokovic gets a little fortunate as his opponent finds the net rather than the open court with the Serb in front court.

Break point. And finally Djokovic converts one!

A instinctive return winner finally puts him a break up in the second set.

Novak Djokovic
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Novak Djokovic is yet to drop a point on his serve in the second set.

A third successive love hold zips off the court and onto the scoreboard.

Simon Briggs

Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Great fortitude from the Spaniard. He's about as unflashy as they come and he doesn't hit the ball very hard, but he gets them in.

"Mentally, Djokovic hasn't shown any disappointment about losing any of the break points in the past few games."

Bautista Agut holds

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And Roberto Bautista Agut completes another Houdini-like escape, serving big and then seeing Novak Djokovic net a volley.

Djokovic has wasted five break points in total since the resumption. 

Djokovic wastes two break points, deuce

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Oh lovely!

Novak Djokovic with a dinky little lob reply to Roberto Bautista Agut's drop-shot wins the opening point of the game.

Roberto Bautista Agut clumps a backhand into the middle of the net and suddenly finds himself 15-40 and two break points down.

Djokovic wears his man down in the next rally, advances to meet an inviting mid-court bounce and.. bashes a backhand long.

You would have put your mortgage on him landing that one.

The second break point is also saved by Bautista Agut with a whippy pass.

Novak Djokovic
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Djokovic 3-6 2-1 *Bautista Agut

Novak Djokovic's grip on his service is still vice-tight though.

He holds to love. Roberto Bautista Agut was swinging freely though. He looks confident enough to take on the Djokovic serve rather than just try and survive.

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*Djokovic 3-6 1-1 Bautista Agut

Novak Djokovic has come out after the resumption like a skinny tiger in a butcher's shop.

He pins Roberto Bautista Agut back with relentless baseline depth to move 0-40 and three break points up. That is seven straight points at the start of this second set.

But it turns out to be a game of two halves.

Djokovic goes off the boil and Bautista Agut climbs back from the dead to snatch the game with five successive points.

Might those first-set gremlins still be nibbling at the Serb? There were a few wonky groundstrokes in there.  

Simon Briggs

Daily Telegraph tennis correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Djokovic didn't look mentally dialled in earlier on but he already looks different on the resumption on this game. 

"There's a huge contrast in body language. He was chuntering and questioning conditions. His shoulders drooped."

Djokovic 3-6 1-0 Bautista Agut*

Novak Djokovic might as well have come back out with a bowler hat and a briefcase. 

The world number one delivers an opening game of the second set with brutal business-like efficiency, holding to love with a minimum of fuss.

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Right, Novak Djokovic takes a deep puff of breath, gets out of his stool and trudges to the baseline to get the action back underway.

The Serbian world number one, top seed and tournament favourite has a rescue job to do here.

Novak Djokovic
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Rain circling Paris

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Andy Murray - who is due to play Richard Gasquet third on Court Philippe Chatrier after Djokovic's match and Serena Williams' meeting with Elina Svitolina - has been out in the stands.

The Scot has had a squint at the sky and a rueful ruffle of his mane of hair. 

It takes only a cursory glance at the weather forecast and some simple mental maths to work out that it is very, very unlikely that the British number one get his turn on the red clay this afternoon.

This is how the rain radar looks around the French capital.

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Court coverers at the French Open
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the most intriguing match of the day: the French Open schedulers against the Parisian rain.

After Monday's washout - the first time since 2000 that the tournament has lost an entire day's play to the elements - Tuesday has been decidedly damp.

We have had a little over 90 minutes of action so far today.

That was enough to set tongues wagging and minds racing though with top seed Novak Djokovic - chasing the only Grand Slam to have so far eluded him in his career - dropping the opening set to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.

The two men are backstage and ready to resume.