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U.S. Open: Play suspended again by rain

September 7, 2011 | 10:39 am

Ten games of tennis were in the books early Wednesday afternoon before rain again stopped play at the U.S. Open.

In Arthur Ashe Stadium, defending champion Rafael Nadal, seeming cranky and making Gilles Muller wait for six minutes by himself before Nadal joined him for warm-ups, was quickly behind 0-3 when rain started again.

In Louis Armstrong Stadium, 21st-seeded Andy Roddick was up, 3-1, over David Ferrer, and wild-card entry Donald Young led fourth-seeded Andy Murray, 2-1, with players on serve on the Grandstand court.

Both Nadal and Roddick, playing on adjoining courts, took it upon themselves to stop play, telling the chair umpires that the lines were too slippery. An attempt to start drying Arthur Ashe again was abandoned when the rain became heavier.

A fourth-round match between 28th-seeded John Isner and 12th-seeded Gilles Simon has been moved from the second match on the Grandstand court (after Young and Murray) to the first match on Court 17. Nadal vs. Muller, Roddick vs. Ferrer, Young vs. Murray and Isner vs. Simon are all fourth-round matches. The rest of the men and all the women are in to the quarterfinals.

-- Diane Pucin in New York

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