Rafael Nadal WANTS Italian Open cancellation as Roger Federer faces delay

Rome has been battered by persistent rain this morning and there is no sign of the weather drying up.

Federer was due to get his clash with Joao Sousa underway at 10am but he must now wait for the skies to clear.

World No 2 Nadal is due on centre court to take on Jeremy Chardy following the conclusion on Federer’s match.

But it is likely the Spaniard will not be able to finish his tie today – that is if the match gets going in the first place.

However, Petchey reckons Nadal would be glad if he gets the day off, even though that could mean he is forced to play twice on Thursday.

“He will probably be happy is this day gets washed out,” Petchey told Amazon Prime.

“This is not great conditions for Rafa, slow, heavy clay court.

“Somebody like Chardy with big swings can really accelerate on the court.

“Even though he has a good head-to-head record against the Frenchman, eh wouldn’t mind having the day off.”

Nadal has been in poor form this clay season losing at the semi-final stage at each of the three tournaments he entered.

There are concerns over whether the 32-year-old will be able to peak at Roland Garros to win a 12th French Open title.

But Petchey does not think it is time to panic just yet.

“I think it is too soon [to panic],” he said.

“I think Roland Garros is it’s own entity in terms as it is over five sets.

“It gives him a lot of time to come out and be calm.”

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