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Rain Delays Start of U.S. Open as Roddick-Del Potro Awaits

September 05, 2012

Day 10 at the U.S. Open tennis championships began much like Day 9 ended: wet.

The start of the day session at the National Tennis Center in New York was delayed by rain, which kept all but two matches yesterday from being completed. There is a 60 percent chance of precipitation this afternoon with showers likely and a possible thunderstorm, according to the National Weather Service.

When play does begin, Marion Bartoli, the No. 11 seed from France, will resume her quarterfinal match holding a 4-0 advantage in the first set over Maria Sharapova of Russia, the No. 3 seed, in Arthur Ashe Stadium. During a brief dry period an hour after the 11 a.m. New York time scheduled start, the two warmed up and almost began play before precipitation forced them back into the locker room.

Past U.S. Open winners Andy Roddick and Juan Martin Del Potro are scheduled to resume their fourth-rounder as the second match on Ashe today. They were in a first-set tiebreaker last night when rain interrupted play. Roddick, the 2003 champion from the U.S. who is planning to retire from tennis after the tournament, is seeded 20th. Del Potro of Argentina, the 2009 winner, is the No. 7 seed.

Defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia will continue his fourth-round match with Stanislas Wawrinka, the No. 18 seed from Switzerland, in Louis Armstrong Stadium. Djokovic, the No. 2 seed, led 2-0 in the first set when play was halted yesterday.

Janko Tipsarevic, the No. 8 seed from Serbia, led Philipp Kohlschreiber, the 19th seed from Germany, 5-2 before the rain. They are scheduled to finish their match on the Grandstand court.

Four Days

If the men’s fourth-round isn’t completed today, some of the players would have to finish four matches in as many days to end the tournament as scheduled on Sept. 9. The past four men’s finals were pushed to a Monday finish because of rain.

Andy Murray, the No. 3 seed from Britain who won gold at the London Olympics, is scheduled to play Marin Cilic, the No. 12 seed from Croatia, in a quarterfinal this afternoon.

The night session, during which there is a 30 percent chance of rain, is scheduled to start with three-time champion Serena Williams, the No. 4 seed from the U.S., playing a quarterfinal against Ana Ivanovic, the No. 12 seed from Serbia.

Five-time champion Roger Federer concludes play tonight in Ashe with a quarterfinal against No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic. Federer, the No. 1 seed from Switzerland, is looking to reach his ninth straight U.S. Open semifinal. The 31- year-old is playing his 34th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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