Friday, September 11, 2009

UPDATED - US OPEN: Rain pushes Nadal, Gonzalez quarterfinal to Friday

So Rafael Nadal's US Open quarterfinal against 11th seed Fernando Gonzalez was postponed to Friday due to some pain-in-the-***-rain that forced play to get suspended twice until the decision was finally made to push the match to Friday.

The players walked off the court when the world number 3 (can I say 2 already?!) was up 7-6, 6-6, with Gonzalez ready to serve at 2-3 in the second set tie-break.

Nadal's abdomen problem seemed to flare up again in the match as he called the trainer between sets to attend to it. Despite Rafa's efforts in attempting to keep a straight face on court, someone somehow managed to catch the Spaniard wincing during his time with the trainer (see photo above).

The windy and cold conditions made it very hard for both players to play at their highest level, but still besides the first set tiebreak (which was hideous in every sense of the word), both players pushed each other pretty hard and as the scoreline indicates, the match was pretty tight.

The match is scheduled to be completed tomorrow after the semifinal between Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters, which starts at 12:30pm NY time, 6:30pm Cairo time.

Despite Rafa's obvious distaste on court during the rain delays, this delay might benefit the Spaniard considering his injury woes. Maybe he can get that abdomen checked out before tomorrow. But still the bad news is, he left the site after midnight and will have to be on site again early tomorrow. So I guess that's not cool. Tomorrow will really depend on who gets least affected by all these circumstances.

Meanwhile, Juan Martin Del Potro recovered from a sluggish start against Marin Cilic in the other quarterfinal on Thursday, as the Argentine moved on to his second Grand Slam semi of the season, with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1, win over the Croat.

Del Potro was actually a set and a break down, before he turned around a 1-3 deficit in the second set, to grab the set and the following two and book himself a semifinal berth against either Nadal or Gonzalez.

Chilling in the rain!

Wow, cool toys :)

Poor drying people, they kept doing that all night only for the match to get postponed!

UPDATE: Due to a horrible forecast the schedule has changed and the Rafa-Gonzo match will now be played on Louis Armstrong not before 15:30 NY time, 21:30 Cairo time. Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters will play their semifinal on Arthur Ashe at the same time, assuming it isn't going to be raining. The other semifinal between Yanina Wickmayer and Caroline Wozniacki will take place simultaneously on the Grand Stand.

LATEST UPDATE: All matches were moved to Saturday due to the rain. Nadal and Gonzalez are scheduled to play on Arthur Ashe at 12:00pm (NY time) on Saturday followed by the men's doubles final and the women's semifinals. Matches following Nadal and Gonzalez' quarterfinal are subject to be moved to Louis Armstrong. Check for regular updates.


Anita said...

how come this stuff happens to Rafa and never to Federer?
flashbacks of Wimbledon 2007 are resurfacing and I'm not happy bout it
federer's so lucky even the rain likes him. Let us hope Rafa takes this challenge in a positive way, Reem
Reading your blog is always a pleasure. thanks for the coverage

Reem said...

Hi Anita, Thanks for the kind words.
I totally agree, this stuff always seems to be happening to Rafa not Roger. Even last year against Murray, he started on Ashe one day, finished on Armstrong the other. And of course Wimbledon was a disaster too, 5 days for one match.
I feel for both Rafa and Gonzo to tell you the truth, they must be really frustrated right about now.