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Rain hampers Gstaad final

Spectators wait for play to resume

(Keystone)

Persistent drizzle in Gstaad has interrupted the final of the Swiss Open tennis tournament with Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero and the Czech Republic's Jiri Novak completing just three games before leaving the court.

The unseeded Czech leads the Spanish world number five by two games to one, with both players having held service.

Before play began, it was announced that the final would be shortened to a best-of-three sets format, rather than the traditional five sets. As well as the singles final, the organisers are keen to get the doubles final played on Sunday, with Swiss number one Roger Federer and his Russian partner Marat Safin due to take on Australia's Michael Hill and America's Jeff Tarango.

by Mark Ledsom, Gstaad


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