The United States Open: Where every Saturday is Groundhog’s Day.
Another Super Saturday, another incomplete day of play. leaves two women waiting in the wings, one Brit sitting pretty, two men in the balance, and for the fifth straight year, a Monday men’s final at the U.S. Open.
First, a heavy downpour delayed the start of the Andy Murray-Tomas Berdych semifinal by over an hour. Once that started up, the forecast threatened a battering of inclement weather (rain, wind, possible tornadoes) throughput the night, causing the USTA to postpone the women’s final from Saturday night to Sunday.
But the weather didn’t only impact the schedule. Murray was able to finish his match and advance into his fifth Slam final, defeating Tomas Berdych 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6. But heavy winds wreaked havoc on the nearly four-hour match, blowing service tosses, chairs, and debris all over the court and mitigating Berdych’s power game for much of the match. Still, at least the first semifinal actually concluded.
Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer weren’t as lucky. Rushed onto court at the conclusion of Murray’s match, the two played seven games — Ferrer led 5-2 — before being ushered off the court due to an impending storm that forced an evacuation of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and cancelled play for the remainder of Super Saturday.
And with that, we head for another Monday finish. Here is the revised order of play for the rest of the tournament. Thankfully the weather looks nice and clear for Sunday.
Men’s semifinal: Novak Djokovic vs. David Ferrer — 11:00 a.m. ET on ESPN2 (Ferrer leads 5-2).
Women’s final: Victoria Azarenka vs. Serena Williams — 4:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
Men’s final: Andy Murray vs. Novak Djokovic/David Ferrer — 4:00 pm ET on CBS.