Berdych upset with windy conditions
Tomas Berdych questioned why US Open officials did not postpone his wind-struck semifinal with Andy Murray on Saturday. Berdych was beaten in Arthur Ashe Stadium as conditions wreaked havoc with his serve and contributed to 64 unforced errors.Updated: Sep 09, 2012 23:39 IST
Tomas Berdych questioned why US Open officials did not postpone his wind-struck semifinal with Andy Murray on Saturday.
Berdych was beaten in Arthur Ashe Stadium as conditions wreaked havoc with his serve and contributed to 64 unforced errors.
"Our sport deserves to have some rule if the conditions are like that," Berdych said. "You don't play because of the rain.
"We play in a grand slam, in such a big tournament like this one, and especially missing the roof, it's something which should be at least be thought about."
The second semifinal between Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer was suspended because of the foul weather, forcing officials to move the men's final to Monday.
Saturday's women's final between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka was also postponed until Sunday because of forecasts for severe weather.
So gusty were the winds that a courtside chair and equipment were blown on to the court, and Murray's hat flew off during a point and litter caused rallies to be halted.
"This is just about somehow trying to deal with the conditions and then trying to put ball over the net," Berdych said. "Sometimes was even impossible, but that's how it is."
Murray handled the conditions better, making just 20 unforced errors, while Berdych struggled with his serve and was unable to repeated his brilliant performance in the semifinals when he upset Roger Federer.
The 2010 Wimbledon runner-up has the highest ball toss of any player on tour.
First Published: Sep 09, 2012 23:37 IST