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U.S. Open: Courts being dried so play can begin

September 7, 2011 |  9:32 am

While the heavy rains of Tuesday have turned into an on-and-off mist, play is still suspended at the U.S. Open. Driers are being used at Arthur Ashe Stadium, and that's where the first match will start Wednesday. Ashe, the main stadium, always gets dried first, so expect Gilles Muller against defending champion Rafael Nadal to get the first chance to play.

Nadal, seeded fourth, and Muller, were in the tunnel ready to do pre-match interviews before the mist got worse and the players were told "Not yet.'

But Muller and Nadal have been called back to the court.

The biggest key for the tournament is to get Nadal's half of the men's draw played. It is the only section of the fourth round still to be completed.


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Photo: A worker dries a U.S. Open logo at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York on Wednesday. Credit: John G. Mabanglo / EPA