Nadal Wins, the Rain Returns

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For a brief period, we actually got some tennis in here in New York, as Rafael Nadal made quick work of Fernando Gonzalez in the completion of their rain-marred quarterfinal match. Nadal finished off a second set and won the third for a 7-6, 7-6, 6-0 win. He’ll face Juan Carlos Del potro for a shot in the final.

Unfortunately, not long after Nadal and Gonzo wrapped up, the rain appeared again and play has been suspended for the umpteenth time. There’s no tennis going on and CBS is showing the 2005 final between Andre Agassi and Roger Federer.

There are two women’s semifinals matches and the men’s doubles final scheduled for today but it’s unclear when or if they’ll get played. A women’s semifinals doubles match, which had been previously suspended, is also on the schedule. 

The good news is that the Nadal-Gonzalez match was completed. If that had been delayed again—the match started on Thursday and was suspended—it would have pushed things back into Tuesday. In theory, even if the rest of the day is washed out the tournament could be completed by Wednesday, with both the men’s and women’s semifinals set for Sunday and both finals set for Monday.

Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters are scheduled to be the night match tonight. Caroline Wozniacki and Yanina Wickmayer are in the other women’s semifinal. 

The weather forecast doesn’t look good for the rest of the day, but the hourly forecast I see suggests there may be a clear window from 4-5 p.m. That may be enough to at least complete the women’s doubles semifinal match that was suspended after one set. 

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