Berdych slams French Open organisers for rain delay


"One of the worst calls that I ever had on court". A disgruntled Tomas Berdych did not hold back in his assessment of French Open organisers after play was momentarily suspended due to rain his quarter-final showdown with Novak Djokovic.

Berdych lost out to world number one Djokovic 6-3 7-5 6-3 on Thursday but the Czech was left furious by the umpire's decision to halt the match at 3-3 in the second due to rain, in an all too familiar story at Roland Garros this year.

After letting his feelings be known on court, labelling the situation as a "circus", Berdych then vented his frustration post-match, having felt he had the momentum against the 11-time grand-slam champion in Paris.

"We were playing two-and-a-half sets in the light rain. Then again, it was another little chance, when I was still being close and having my chances," Berdych told reporters.

"Then all of a sudden that the decision is like that when there is nothing really happening.

"You have to just go for the break, take all the stuff, go in, then go out again in few minutes. I mean, that was one of the worst calls that I ever had on the court."

Rain has wreaked havoc in the French capital since the grand slam got underway, with the clay-court tournament suffering its first washout in 16 years on Monday, while there was no more than two hours of play on Tuesday.

Berdych added: "The conditions are tough. They are not easy to play. Probably that's when they are pushed under pressure that they are making decisions like that.

"They are relying on someone who is in a little room and saying that he's [a] meteorologist and he's predicting what's going to happen or not."