Mother Nature does not care about the schedule of Grand Slam tennis. Rain and high winds brought a premature end to Saturday's events at the 2012 U.S. Open. Two of the three scheduled matches will have to wait at least an extra day.
This could have set the stage to have both the men's and women's final on Sunday. However, that pesky rain—with Andy Murray already in the final—forced the second men's semifinal off the court.
David Ferrer took a 5-2 first-set lead against Novak Djokovic into the suspension.
This means, weather permitting, the men's championship will be determined on Monday for the fifth straight year. The Ferrer-Djokovic semi is currently scheduled to resume play at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday.
Luckily, the National Weather Service predicts much kinder and tennis-friendly weather for Sunday.
Defending champion Djokovic can't be complaining. His match was suspended with him trailing 5-2 in the first set and Ferrer serving the next game. The Serb, who had yet to lose a set all tournament, looked completely off his game.
Djoker usually attacks his opponents with fierce precision on his serves and groundstrokes. Versus Ferrer, he was sloppy in both aspects, firing off an uncharacteristic amount of unforced errors.
Ferrer was playing too well to let Djokovic get away with his sloppy play. He was attacking like a surgeon, picking his spots for winners and not giving Djokovic any free points. If Djokovic doesn't come out a different player when play resumes, it will all be over in three sets.
Prior to the suspension, Djokovic had complained to the chair umpire about the windy conditions. While he had a viable concern, it is a bad sign that he was letting it affect his mind and game so much. He needs his laser-like focus on the point at hand.
The wind certainly didn't ruin Andy Murray's play. Murray defeated Tomas Berdych 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7) to successfully punch his ticket to the final.
Murray appears ready to seize the golden opportunity of a U.S. Open title. He drilled 74 percent of his first serves and won 73 percent of those points, but it was on his return game where he really sparkled.
Murray is one of the game's best returners, but Berdych can be a downright dominant server, and the Czech native was serving well in this match. He hit 62 percent of his first serves, but won just 60 percent of those points. That is a startling number for a server like Berdych, and it points to Murray's dominance.
So, Murray will now have to try and keep this hot hand rolling while he sits back and watches Djokovic and Ferrer battle it out for the right to face him.
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