The rain created havoc on the schedule during Day Nine of the US Open. A three hour rain delay in the late afternoon pushed many matches into the night. After about an hour of play on Tuesday night, the rain resumed and play was finally suspended.
Day 10 Schedule According to USOpen.Org:
With the men in the fourth round and the women in the quarterfinals all the singles matches will take place on Ashe, Armstrong and the Grandstand Courts. It could be the biggest day ever in Ashe’s history. If the weather holds up, Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Juan Martin Del Potro, Andy Murray, Serena Williams and Roger Federer are scheduled to play.
Many people have criticized the USTA for not installing a roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Tennis.Com reported earlier during the tournament that the USTA has stated the cost of adding a roof over Ashe would cost over nine figures. There has also been talk about remodeling Louis Armstrong Stadium and adding a roof there.
Bartoli and Sharapova are scheduled to start the day at Arthur Ashe stadium at 11am ET. Bartoli took it to Sharapova early. The earlier wind seemed to bother Sharapova, so the delay might be beneficial to her.
Sharapova has never lost to Bartoli. She holds a 4-0 edge and three of those meetings have occurred on hard courts.
After losing the first set against Petra Kvitova, Bartoli has had her own dominance in her last three sets played. She defeated Kvitova 1-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the fourth round.
They only lasted 55 minutes before the rain ended night play on Tuesday night. Now their match will shift to afternoon. This has to benefit Del Potro. The crowd isn’t as likely to be as boisterous during the day as they are at night.
Roddick actually led 5-2 and served for the set at 5-3, but Del Potro broke and then held for five all. They each held service in the next two games to force the tiebreaker.
After Del Potro won their first three meetings, Roddick won their most recent matchup in Washington D.C. in 2011. The winner gets the Novak Djokovic vs. Stanislas Wawrinka winner in the quarterfinals.
Roddick vs. Del Potro will begin no earlier than 12:30 pm ET, depending on the length of the Sharapova vs. Bartoli match.
Murray and Cilic both advanced to the quarterfinals with straight set wins on Labor Day. Murray advanced with a win over the 15th seed Milos Raonic and Cilic ended Martin Klizan’s surprising run.
Murray holds a 6-1 career record against Cilic, including 3-0 in Grand Slams.
Williams and Ivanovic will commence the night session at 6pm ET.
This is Ivanovic’s deepest run in a Grand Slam she won the French Open in 2008 and was the top ranked player in the world. Ivanovic has only dropped one set through the first four rounds.
Williams has been unbelievably dominant. She has dropped just 11 games in four matches. She appears to be on track to reclaim the top spot in women’s tennis. After winning Wimbledon and the Olympics this summer, she has dominated the last three major women’s tournaments.
Berdych is no stranger to facing Federer on the big stage. He ended Federer’s Olympic dream in Athens in 2004 and defeated him in the Wimbledon Quarterfinals in 2010. After Federer won eight of their first nine meetings, they have split the last six matchups.
Federer has lost just 27 games without losing a set through his first three matches. He had a walkover in the fourth round after Mardy Fish was forced to withdraw with what was identified as medical reasons. He missed two months earlier this season with a heart ailment.
Berdych has lost only one set through four rounds and easily defeated Nicolas Almagro to advance to the quarters. The winner gets Murray or Cilic in the Quarterfinals.
Armstrong will feature a pair of singles matches before the Bryan brothers play their quarterfinals doubles match.
Doubles partners Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani of Italy will play each other to reach the semifinals in singles. They won on Tuesday to advance to the doubles semifinals.
Novak Djokovic will be heavily favored in his match with Stanislas Warwinka.
Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci won their quarterfinal match doubles match on Tuesday and they will now face each other in the US Open singles quarterfinals on Wednesday. Their match will be first on Armstrong at 11am ET.
Errani reached the finals in both singles and doubles earlier this year at the French Open. She and Vinci captured the doubles title.
Errani holds a 3-2 series edge. She has won their last three meetings. Two of those have been on clay. Vinci holds a 2-1 edge on hard courts.
Wawrinka and Djokovic will enter Armstrong no earlier than 12:30pm ET, or whenever Errani and Vinci finish. While Murray vs. Cilic and Federer vs. Berdych are playing their quarterfinal matches on Wednesday, the rest of the men in action will still be trying to advance to the quarterfinals.
Djokovic holds a 12-2 career edge against the Swiss number two. He has won their last nine meetings. Djokovic has lost just 14 games without losing a set through the first three rounds. Wawrinka has battled through the first three rounds. He had to come from a set down to win each of his first two matches. He won his second round match in straight sets.
The lone singles match on the Grandstand court is slated to begin no earlier than 12:30pm ET. Janko Tipsarevic and Philipp Kohlschreiber will play after the doubles match between American brothers Ryan and Christian Harrison and Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer. The Americans trail in the second set 6-2, 2-2.
Tipsarevic holds a 5-2 first set lead. They have split their previous four meetings.
After coming from two sets down to win his first round match, Tipsarevic did not drop a set in his second and third round matches.
Kohlschreiber is coming off a third round upset of John Isner.