Some interesting stuff on rain delay.
Posted by tennisplanet on September 12, 2010
This is the third straight Monday final at US Open.
Before 2008, the U.S. Open men’s final hadn’t been pushed to Monday since 1987. But Roger Federer beat Andy Murray on a Monday two years ago, then lost to Juan Martin del Potro on a Monday last year.
This marks the first three-year string of delayed finishes at the tournament since the men’s and women’s singles competitions were combined and played at the same site in 1935.
Nadal and Djokovic were told a little before 6:30 p.m. that they wouldn’t be playing Sunday.
Djokovic opened his eyes wide and rubbed his hands together when he was told about the possibility of rain affecting the final. “I don’t know the rituals; how to invite the rain,” he said. “An extra day would be great.”
A victory over Djokovic also would make the 24-year-old Nadal the first man since Rod Laver’s true, calendar-year Grand Slam in 1969 to win at Paris, London and New York in the same season. And it would send Nadal to the Australian Open in January with a chance to pull off a Rafa Slam of four major titles in a row, something no man has done since Laver.
There was only one interruption of play because of rain during the first 13 days of the tournament, a delay of about 25 minutes on the first Friday, when the outer bands of Hurricane Earl passed through the area. Otherwise, Week 1 was all about the heat, with the temperature reaching into the mid-90s, and Week 2 was all about the wind, with gusts topping 30 mph.