Rafael Nadal’s thrilling five-set defeat to Gilles Muller may have kept fans enraptured on No.1 Court but it left Novak Djokovic with little to do but wait before his match was eventually postponed.
Three-time champion Djokovic was due to play France’s Adrian Mannarino in the fourth round, in the third match scheduled for Wimbledon’s second-largest court.
However late in the day it was determined that the match would be set back to Tuesday, and moved to Centre Court where it will begin at the earlier than usual time of midday.
In a statement the All England Club said: «The safety and security of all visitors to The Championships is of paramount importance. The preference was to play the Djokovic v Mannarino match as scheduled on No.1 Court.
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When that was no longer an option, it was determined the match could not be moved to Centre Court due to the number of spectators remaining in the Grounds.
As late as 8.30pm, 30,000 people still remained in the Grounds, and therefore moving the match would have created a significant safety issue.
Both players were explained the rationale of postponing the match until tomorrow, which is now scheduled for a 12noon start on Centre Court.»
The contest between Djokovic and Mannarino was the only last-16 singles match not to be played on Monday. The winner will go through to face Czech Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals.
Additional reporting from Press Association
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