The forecast late-afternoon rain arrived at Wimbledon shortly before 5pm to bring a fresh disruption to fourth-round day at the All England Club.
There had been fears of no play at all apart from on Centre Court, with poor weather predicted for most of the day, one of the busiest of the Championships on which all the fourth-round singles matches scheduled to be played.
But the early starters fared reasonably well, with play starting on the outside courts less than an hour late, while only a few short breaks were necessary because of drizzle.
That enabled nine matches to be completed, with the likes of Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova all booking their passage through to the quarter-finals.
Intermittent drizzle followed but the officials were left with no choice but to call the players off when the rain worsened, and the delay was expected to be lengthy.
The break prompted tournament referee Andrew Jarrett to make the call to put the roof on Centre Court, meaning second seed Victoria Azarenka and Ana Ivanovic could complete their match.
But British number one Andy Murray, surprisingly scheduled on Court One today, was left waiting after going a set and a break up against Marin Cilic.