As the rain fell outside the players lounge Sunday afternoon and the hardcourt continued to be drenched, Alexandr Dolgopolov relaxed and enjoyed a pasta dish.
He said he did practically nothing during the 2-hour, 32-minute rain delay of the Citi Open men’s final in Washington.
And perhaps that was the key.
He emerged from the delay to outclass Tommy Haas and claim the tournament title with a 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 victory at William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center.
Haas, who at 34 is 11 years older than Dolgopolov, said he wasn’t able to get going again after the delay.
“But, that’s part of the game, that’s part of life and you try to...