The adventures of Andy and David
Andy Roddick defeated No. 5 David Ferrer in the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Thursday. The match had some fine moments, but nothing quite as dramatic as the circumstances surrounding it.
Here's a look, in photos, at what transpired over the last two days that left Roddick ticked, Ferrer seemingly miffed and roughly 600 fans delighted.
The players began their match on Wednesday but played only four games on Armstrong Stadium because of rain. Roddick joined Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal in voicing his displeasure with tournament organizers for forcing the players to take the court in the first place under dangerous conditions.
A clearly perturbed Ferrer was down a break at 1-3 when play was halted on Wednesday.
The players tried to resume their match on Armstrong on two different occasions Thursday (they played briefly), but the court ultimately was deemed unplayable because of water pooling underneath the court surface. Roddick lashed out at tournament referee Brian Earley after returning to the court a second time only to see the same issues.
With Armstrong suddenly unavailable, the players and Earley were left to consider their next move.
“Court 13 is open? Let’s go play,” Roddick said. And so they would: A court with 584 seats (about 9,500 fewer than Armstrong) became the new home of a marquee match in the second week of the U.S. Open.
Ferrer and Roddick are escorted to the new venue. Many fans who had been watching matches on the show courts got up and left in hopes of securing one of the precious few seats on Court 13.
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Roddick quickly closed out the first set and also took the second set before Ferrer finally worked himself into the match. Ferrer won the third set and went up a break in the fourth, but Roddick swept the final four games of the match to secure a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory.
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Roddick took a victory lap after advancing to a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time since the 2010 Australian Open.