It appears that even Mother Nature is not quite ready for Andy Roddick's career to come to an end.
Rain interrupted the completion of the men's Round of 16 and also delayed a women's quarterfinal match (ESPN)
As for Roddick, the weather may have delayed the end of his career...or it might have delayed another great triumph in an already great career.
Roddick got an early break on the No. 7 seed and 2009 US Open champion, Juan Martin Del Potro, and seemed poised to waltz through the first set as he held a 5-2 lead.
But Del Potro battled back and eventually tied the set. The two men would eventually go to a tiebreaker where Roddick will hold a 1-0 lead when play resumes.
That match has the makings of a classic written all over it.
Defending men's champion, Novak Djokovic, was only able to get through the first two games of his match with Stanislas Wawrinka when play was halted with Djoker up 2-0.
The No. 4 seed, David Ferrer did, however, complete his match as he advanced to the quarterfinals with a straight set win over Richard Gasquet, 7-5, 7-6 (2), 6-4. He will meet the winner of Janko Tipsarevic and Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarterfinals.
On the women's side of things, the rain delay was a godsend to the No. 3 seed, Maria Sharapova, as she was right in the middle of being throttled by Marion Bartoli—at least for a set anyway. Bartoli holds a 4-0 lead in the first set of her match against Sharapova.
Earlier in the day though, No. 1 seed, Victoria Azarenka, became the first woman to punch her ticket to the semifinals as she outlasted the defending champion Samantha Stosur, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (5). Azarenka's big win guarantees we will have a new US Open champion, at least on the women's side of the draw.
Despite the delay, the machine that is known as Las Vegas is monitoring the situation closely and updated their odds here and there.
Here are the latest odds for all the players still standing:
Odds courtesy of oddschecker.com
|Juan Martin Del Potro||10/1|
|Serena Williams|| 2/5|
Let's take a closer look and see how these odds may pan out.
While pretty much anyone who enjoys a good, happy ending is pulling for Andy Roddick to win a second US Open and ride off into the sunset, his road to get to that point will not be easy at all.
Roddick must first get by Del Potro. That will be quite difficult and from what we saw prior to the match being rained out, the Roddick vs. Del Potro battle looks like it could be a great one.
If Roddick can win that match, he would more than likely have to face the defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.
The odds will be very long against Roddick being able to defeat Djokovic. After all, Djokovic just defeated Roddick rather easily in straight sets at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Djokovic should then move on to a semifinal battle with David Ferrer. Ferrer could, conceivably, win that match, but Djokovic would seem to be the better tennis player right now.
On the other side of the bracket, all signs seem to be pointing towards a huge semifinal matchup between Roger Federer and Andy Murray. If that happens, it would be the rubber match between the two, as Federer beat Murray in the Wimbledon Final, but Murray returned the favor at the 2012 Olympic Games upending Federer to win the gold medal.
I think the odds are stacked in Djokovic's favor. His road to the Final will be easier than either Federer's or Murray's.
While I won't be surprised if Murray beats Federer, I still don't believe it will happen. In the end, Novak Djokovic will be defending his title against Roger Federer, probably the greatest US Open champion ever and a man seeking his sixth title.
With her hard fought victory over Samantha Stosur, top seeded Victoria Azarenka now awaits the winner of Maria Sharapova and Marion Bartoli.
Based on everything I saw today prior to the rains arriving, Sharapova is in deep trouble against Bartoli. The first set is a lost cause. Whether Sharapova can rally back and win the next two sets remains to be seen. I don't like her chances though.
Azarenka, however, should be able to defeat Bartoli and get to her first ever US Open Final.
On the other side of the women's bracket, I can't see anyone derailing Serena Williams regardless of who wins the matchup between doubles partners, and best friends, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.
It certainly seems as though we are heading for a Victoria Azarenka vs. Serena Williams final. Williams would have to be considered the favorite, especially after the way she beat Azarenka at Wimbledon in the semifinals and then dismantled her at the Olympic Games, 6-1, 6-2 (Fox Sports).
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