Rain forces changes in U.S. Open schedule

Technicians scurry to cover equipment as a heavy Technicians scurry to cover equipment as a heavy rain begins to fall after play was suspended in the first match at Arthur Ashe between Samantha Stosur and Victoria Azarenka at Day 9 of the U.S. Open. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

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Rain suspended all action at the U.S. Open Tuesday night shortly after 9:30, tabling -- among other things -- Andy Roddick's retirement. Roddick had just won the first point of the first-set tiebreak against Juan Martin del Potro when showers, which had allowed the completion of only one women's and one men's match all day, closed in again.

The day-session Marion Bartoli-Maria Sharapova quarterfinal match, with Bartoli leading, 4-0, 15-30, was postponed until Wednesday. David Ferrer completed a 7-5, 7-6 (2), 6-4 fourth-round victory over Richard Gasquet, but the Novak Djokovic-Stanislas Wawrinka and Janko Tipsarevic-Philipp Kohlschreiber matches, both moved from their originally scheduled courts in an attempt to accommodate Roddick-del Potro in the Ashe Stadium night session, had barely begun.

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Djokovic was leading 2-0 and Tipsarevic 5-2

Tickets for Tuesday night's postponed Ashe session can be used for Wednesday's Armstrong session. That is among the options, which also includes exchanging tickets for a similar Ashe session next year.

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