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U.S. Open: All men's matches for Wednesday canceled

September 7, 2011 |  2:51 pm

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The U.S. Open announced that all the men's tennis matches on Wednesday's schedule have been canceled because of the rain.

Still on tap, technically, is a night session that will have four women's quarterfinals, including the one between three-time champion Serena Williams against 17th-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki against 10th-seeded Andrea Petkovic. Rain is still falling steadily.

But it means fourth-round men's matches that began Wednesday morning won't be finished until at least Thursday that half of the draw might have to play four matches in four days to win the title.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal was trailing unseeded Gilles Muller 3-0 after 16 minutes of tennis. Andy Roddick, seeded 21st, was ahead of fifth-seeded David Ferrer 3-1 and fourth-seeded Andy Murray was ahead of wild card entry Donald Young 2-1 and on serve.

Nadal, Roddick and Murray all complained about the wet and dangerous conditions and said they should not have started their matches Wednesday.

There was no play on Tuesday either and the tournament is now in danger of having a Monday finish for the fourth straight year. The weather forecast for Thursday and Friday also contains heavy doses of rain.

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-- Diane Pucin, reporting from New York

Photo: Roman Akbar and Sarah Yacob of Germany wait for play to resume at Grandstand Stadium during a rain delay at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York on Wednesday. Credit: Matt Slocum / Associated Press

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