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RAIN THE ONLY WINNER THIS DAY AT U.S. OPEN

NEW YORK - Rafael Nadal stepped out of the players' cafeteria at the U.S. Open a little before 3 p.m. Friday and pressed his face against a window, cupping his hands around his eyes as he scanned the soaked tournament grounds.

Yep, it was still pouring.

And he, like everyone else, was still waiting.

Rain threw the U.S. Open into disarray for the second consecutive year, meaning both singles finals have been pushed back again and the tournament will end Monday at the earliest.

"There are some unknowns here," U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said.

Rain and mist forced postponement of Friday's three scheduled singles matches. That included No. 3 seed Nadal's quarterfinal against No. 11 Fernando Gonzalez, a match that was suspended Thursday night because of showers after Nadal won the first set in a tiebreaker and led 3-2 in the second-set tiebreaker.

Also delayed was the women's semifinals between defending champion Serena Williams and 2005 champion Kim Clijsters, and two 19-year-olds never before this far at a Grand Slam, Caroline Wozniacki and Yanina Wickmayer.

Those three matches were rescheduled for today.

Assuming the women's semis can be completed today, that final will be moved to Sunday. Organizers were trying to iron out the details, including where matches will be aired on TV.

If Nadal-Gonzalez finishes today, the men's semifinals will be Sunday. The Nadal-Gonzalez winner meets No. 6 seed Juan Martin del Potro, and five-time defending champion Roger Federer faces No. 4 Novak Djokovic.

The men's final then would be moved from Sunday to Monday. Last year it was played on Monday for the first time since 1987.

There is no roof on any court at Flushing Meadows, although studies have been done to check on the feasibility of adding one to Arthur Ashe Stadium. A new $60 million indoor facility is used only for practice during the tournament.

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