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Djokovic In Command Before Rain Hits

Dubai, U.A.E.

Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic first won the Dubai title in 2009.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic and seventh seed Mikhail Youzhny will resume the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships singles final at 2pm on Sunday after torrential rain, thunder and lightning suspended play with Djokovic leading by one set and 2-0.

There were five breaks of serve in the first set, which Djokovic won 7-5 in 63 minutes. The pair was forced off court for the first time due to rain, at the end of the first set, and did not return to the Centre Court for 30 minutes.

After 15 minutes of play, which saw Djokovic take a 2-0 and 30/15 lead, ATP umpire Mohamed Lahyani decided that the court was too wet for further play.

After one hour of heavy rain showers it was announced that play would be postponed until Sunday afternoon.

Youzhny won the pair’s sixth career meeting in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament semi-finals at Rotterdam two weeks ago.

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