Rain delays Murray’s last 16 encounter

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Andy Murray must return to Flushing Meadows todayfor his fourth-round US Open clash against Donald Young after poor weather forced Tuesday’s play to be cancelled.

Murray and American hope Young were scheduled to be first up on Arthur Ashe Stadium at 11am (4pm BST) but heavy rain has continued to fall in New York and, at just after 1.30pm, tournaments organisers made the decision to call it off.

The worrying news for organisers and players is that the forecast for the rest of the week is poor, with rain expected to prove very disruptive.

The bottom half of the men’s draw, which includes Murray and defending champion Rafael Nadal, has been worst hit, with all the other sections having already completed the fourth round.

The four remaining men’s fourth-round matches will be the priority today, with Murray, Nadal and Andy Roddick all expected to play first ahead of the women’s quarter-finals.

The finalist from the bottom half of the men’s singles draw is now almost certain to have to play four matches in five days, giving a major advantage to the likes of Federer and world number one Novak Djokovic.

In the men’s doubles, Sheffield’s Jonathan Marray and Jamie Delgado went out at the last 16 stage following a 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-3 loss to Polish sixth seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.