US OPEN 2009: It's water torture for Rafael Nadal at Flushing Meadows

Rafa Nadal

Frustrated: Rafa Nadal

Rafael Nadal was left cursing the absence of a Centre Court-style roof at Flushing Meadows as torrential rain threatened his attempt to win a first US Open title.

The 23-year-old Spaniard was leading Chile’s Fernando Verdasco 7-6, 6-6 and was 3-2 up in the tie-break when the players were forced off by the bad weather affecting America’s east coast.

As the rain continued, the day’s play was cancelled, meaning the men’s final will now have to be played on Monday at the earliest, as the forecast for the
weekend is poor.

With the other semi-finalists having already been decided — Roger Federer versus Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro awaiting the last one — Nadal could find himself at a disadvantage with the scheduling.

He is already contending with the fact that his strained abdominal muscles have cut some speed off his serve and are impeding his movement.

Also left waiting were the last four in the women’s event: Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams, plus Yanina Wickmayer and Caroline Wozniacki.


Britain’s girls’ quarter-finalists Laura Robson and Heather Watson were frustrated, too. The relative infrequency of rain delays have made the issue of a roof for Arthur Ashe stadium less of a topic than it was in SW19.

The stadium is only 12 years old and would probably need to be demolished and rebuilt to accommodate a roof.

In London, Andy Murray was back training at the National Tennis Centre at Roehampto.

Providing there is no unexpected further soreness in his wrist he is expected to play for Great Britain next week in Liverpool against Poland in the Davis Cup Euro African Zone relegation play-off.

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