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Aces and faults: U.S. Open Day 10

ACE

Blue skies.

ACE

A withdrawal by the seventh-seeded Elena Vesnina and Leander Paes in the mixed doubles semifinals has put two young Americans who recently made breakthroughs at the Open, Melanie Oudin and Jack Sock, into the final.

FAULT

Weather patterns yesterday brought back an old Open annoyance: noisy jets from LaGuardia in a takeoff pattern squarely over the National Tennis Center grounds.

FAULT

Circumstances of rain and rescheduling resulted in tiny crowds at all four show courts for the four men’s fourth-round matches in the morning.

By the numbers

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Consecutive days of losing both the day and night sessions to rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, the first time that has happened since night sessions were introduced at the 1975 Open.

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Consecutive trips to the Open semifinals by Jimmy Connors (1974-85), a record among the men.

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Years ago today, Arthur Ashe won the first U.S. title of the open era, becoming the first black man to win a Grand Slam event.

Furthermore

The last player who had to win four matches on four consecutive days in an attempt to win the Open title was Juan Carlos Ferrero in 2003. Ferrero won a five-setter against Todd Martin, then beat Lleyton Hewitt and top seed Andre Agassi before losing the title match to Andy Roddick in straight sets on the fourth day.

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