The second men's singles semifinal for the 2012 U.S. Open tennis tournament will be carried over to the 14th day after rains interrupted the game between fourth seed David Ferrer of Spain and second seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia. Fortunately, the first semifinal was completed in time, and saw fourth seed Andy Murray of Great Britain record a four-set win over sixth seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.
In addition to the Ferrer-Djokovic game, the day's action will also include the women's singles final, which had earlier been rescheduled because of the weather.
Day 13 Review
Andy Murray has really grown into the role of a top-ranking singles player since 2011. After registering only the odd appearance in the latter stages of a Grand Slam up until the 2010 season, the Scot has since made it to the semi final or better of every Slam since (the quarterfinal exit in the 2011 French Open being the only exception). However, he has yet to win one and this final will, in many ways, be a litmus test of his title-winning credentials.
The 25-year-old Murray has been in excellent form coming into Flushing Meadows, making it to the final of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships and winning gold in the men's singles event at the London Olympics 2012 (he won silver in the mixed doubles category) and that showed on Saturday.
The weather gods were not helpful at all. The gray, cloudy and windy skies made playing in the Arthur Ashe Stadium a very difficult proposition. However, Murray persevered to record a 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6(6) win over Berdych and reach his second U.S. Open final; his first was in 2008, when he lost to Roger Federer. The win also means Murray is assured of third place in the new ATP rankings, to be released next week.
The second semifinal between Ferrer and Djokovic was called off with the Spaniard leading 5-2 in the first set; clearly the Serb was not comfortable with the conditions.
Day 14 Preview
Ferrer and Djokovic will resume their semifinal, weather permitting, in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, from 11 a.m. EDT (4 p.m. BST). The defending champion will have welcomed the rain break from yesterday and will want to start the day as strongly as possible and look to overturn that first set deficit.
The women's singles final, between top seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and fourth-seeded Serena Williams of the U.S., will also be held in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, but that will not start before 4:30 p.m. EDT (9:30 p.m. BST).
Also in action on the day will be the women's doubles final - second seeded Italians Sara Errani and Roberto Vinci (both of whom enjoyed fine runs in the singles event) will face third seed Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic. The match will start at 6.30 pm BST.
Fortunately, the weather should improve by the time tennis resumes... or at least so say the forecasts. Yahoo Weather indicates the general outlook through Sunday is sunny skies, with north-north-westerly winds between eight and 16km/h. There is, however, a 20 percent chance of rain and cloud cover is expected to increase towards the evening. The air temperature should touch a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 15 degrees Celsius.
Where to Watch Live
You can watch the women's singles final live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD from 9 pm onwards. You can follow the second men's singles semi final live via radio commentary from the tournament's official Web site and through text updates on the Live Score section.