NEW YORK (AP) — With a potentially dangerous storm bearing down on the U.S. Open, play was suspended in the first set of defending champion Novak Djokovic's semifinal Saturday, making this the fifth consecutive year the tournament will fail to finish on time because of the weather.
Djokovic was trailing fourth-seeded David Ferrer 5-2 after about a half-hour of action when tournament referee Brian Earley came out on court and told the players and the chair umpire that they needed to stop.
As some spectators at Arthur Ashe Stadium booed or whistled, an announcement over the loudspeakers said: "At this time, we ask you to please make your way out of the stadium in an orderly fashion."
That match, which will determine who faces Olympic champion Andy Murray in the final, was scheduled to resume Sunday at 11 a.m. EDT. The men's final was shifted from its originally scheduled Sunday slot to Monday — something that has happened at every U.S. Open since 2008.
"I would say we're getting very tired of having Monday finals," tournament director David Brewer said.
The women's final between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka that was supposed to be played Saturday night was shifted to Sunday at 4:30 p.m. It's the fourth time in the last five years the women's title match was rescheduled.