Monday, September 13, 2010

Final Match postponed to Monday due to Rain

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Ground crew workers try to dry the court during day fourteen of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal will have to wait at least one more day as he bids to complete his collection of Grand Slam titles after persistent rain washed out Sunday's US Open men's final against Novak Djokovic. For the third year in a row, the tournament's men's final was postponed until Monday after foul weather ruined any chance of the match proceeding as scheduled.

Rain began falling less than two hours before the match was due to begin, forcing a halt to the women's doubles final that was nearing completion in Arthur Ashe Stadium. About three and a half hours later, with no end in sight to the downpours, tournament officials decided to abandon play and said the final would be held at 16:00 local time (21:00 BST) on Monday.

"Due to the continued uncertainty of the weather forecast for the remainder of the evening, and with the desire to be fair to the players and to our fans, the US Open men's single championship will be postponed until Monday," tournament organisers said. More than 20,000 people who bought tickets for the match were forced to make a retreat while the delay stalled Nadal's bid to capture the one Grand Slam title that has eluded him.

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