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PARIS (Reuters) -The French Open men’s final between Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Norway’s Casper Ruud was underway following a minor delay, after the roof was initially closed before being re-opened amid uncertainty over the chance of rain in Paris on Sunday.

The roof was also closed to make for better acoustics in the opening ceremony before the players’ warm-up.

The retractable roof was first used in the 2020 edition of Roland Garros and that year, as the tournament was played in September and October amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the final was effectively played indoors.

It takes about 12 minutes to close or open the roof.

Djokovic was thrashed in that final 6-0 6-2 7-5 by Spain’s Rafael Nadal.

The Serbian is looking to win a record-breaking 23rd men’s singles Grand Slam title on Sunday.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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