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Aces and faults: U.S. Open Day 10

FAULT

Wednesday's original schedule failed to put the John Isner-Gilles Simon match on Court 17, so it could be started as soon as the other men's fourth-round matches while rain threatened, instead slotting it after Donald Young-Andy Murray in the Grandstand.

ACE

Open officials adjusted within an hour, moving Isner-Simon to Court 17.

FAULT

The reason Isner-Simon wasn't at 17 in the first place? No television cameras.

ACE

The reason it was moved? TV cameras were put in place.

FAULT

"Weather permitting." Unwelcome words.

By the numbers

16
Consecutive U.S. Open semifinals reached by Chris Evert, from 1971 through 1986. By far, the best of any female. (Steffi Graf was next with 7).

46, 44, 43
Longest men's winning streaks of the open era, by Guillermo Vilas, Ivan Lendl and Novak Djokovic (current).

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The first of repeated appearances by the Slambonis machines attempting to dry the courts.

Furthermore

Andy Roddick's fourth-round match against David Ferrer, begun in Louis Armstrong Stadium but lasting only 14 minutes before it was suspended by rain, was his first match outside Arthur Ashe Stadium since Sept. 3, 2002--a stretch of 39 consecutive appearances in the U.S. Open's Big House.

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