Second seed Andy Roddick and outsider Thomas Johansson will resume their semi-final tomorrow after rain interrupted their clash at Wimbledon today.
It will mean the winner will be forced to play two matches in 24 hours – with defending champion Roger Federer rested up after winning his last-four tie against Lleyton Hewitt today.
Just 32 minutes of play were possible before the weather deteriorated and forced the players off Centre Court at 4.05pm.
Roddick was 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 champion 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 15 years ago, was just beginning to settle down and looking more comfortable on his own serve when the predicted rain arrived.
Despite hopes of a resumption, play was abandoned for the day at SW19 at 7.15pm.