Play has been canceled at the Western & Southern Open for the rest of the night. A consistent downpour has rendered it impossible to complete the day’s proceedings.
The third round clash between Americans John Isner and Frances Tiafoe had barely concluded, with Isner emerging victorious 7-6(4) 7-5. There was in fact a brief rain delay during that encounter, and both men seemed relieved that they could at least finish their match.
The others were not so lucky however, as Nick Kyrgios and Ivo Karlovic were interrupted during the first set of their third round match. Karlovic was leading 4-3 on Grandstand court with both men on serve, before conditions were deemed to slippery to continue play.
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World number 2 Rafael Nadal never made it to Center court for his third round match with compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas. With only a temporary reprieve between showers, the courts could not be dried. Despite the best efforts from the Cincinnati ball boys and court personnel, the rain had the last laugh as play was eventually postponed for the day by 11:15PM EST.
The revised schedule was yet to be released as of this writing. However, it is almost certain that the players involved will be pulling double duty sometime before the tournament is over.
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