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U.S. Open: Roddick, Isner advance; Wozniacki to face Serena

September 8, 2011 |  2:43 pm

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Andy Roddick and John Isner have advanced to the men's quarterfinals at the U.S. Open and top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki will get to prove herself as the world's No. 1 player when she plays against 13-time major tournament winner Serena Williams in the women's semifinals.

Roddick, who won his only major title here in 2003, had to survive another water-related drama Thursday. He and fifth-seeded David Ferrer were supposed to play on Louis Armstrong Stadium in a match that had been canceled because of rain Wednesday. But when Roddick and Ferrer arrived on the court, water was bubbling up from beneath the surface, and after an attempt to dry the court with towels proved unsatisfactory, it was decided to put Roddick and Isner on Court 13 where there are fewer than 600 seats.

With babies crying and a man climbing a fence among the distractions, Roddick managed to pull out a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Ferrer. He will play defending champion Rafael Nadal in one quarterfinal.

Isner made it to his first-ever major quarterfinal with a 7-6 (2), 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) win over 12th-seeded Gilles Simon.

Wozniacki survived a late rally from 10th-seeded Andrea Petkovic and earned a semifinal spot against Williams with a 6-1, 7-6 (5) win.

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-- Diane Pucin in New York

Photo: Andy Roddick returns a shot during his victory over David Ferrer at the U.S. Open on Thursday. Credit: Al Bello / Getty Images

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