Rain interrupted the second semi-final of the men’s singles between second seed Andy Roddick and outsider Thomas Johansson.
Just 32 minutes of play were possible before the weather deteriorated and forced the players off Centre Court, with Roddick leading 6-5 in the first set, which was going with serve when the stoppage came.
The big-serving Roddick, bidding to set up a re-repeat of last year’s final with reigning chmpion Roger Federer, began in trademark fashion, starting and finishing his opening service game with aces, one of them a 135mph delivery.
Johansson then produced four aces in his first service game but at a far slower pace and he was also forced to save a break point.
The 30-year-old Swede’s touch deserted him at the net and he took only two points from the first four service games of his opponent, who got in 82% of his first serves in the first set.
But Johansson, aiming to become first Swedish finalist since Stefan Edberg 25 years ago, was just beginning to settle down and looking more comfortable on his own serve when the predicted rain arrived.