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2012 U.S. Open: The best photos

Updated 2:16 PM ET, Sun September 9, 2012
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates his 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over David Ferrer of Spain in the men's singles semifinal match at the 2012 U.S. Open on Sunday, September 9. The tournament, the last grand slam event of the year, continues through Monday in Queens, New York. AFP/Getty Images
Djokovic serves to Ferrer as their match resumes Sunday after being delayed Saturday because of inclement weather. AFP/Getty Images
Ferrer returns a shot to Djokovic on Sunday. Getty Images
Djokovic reacts to winning a point against Ferrer during the match Sunday. AFP/Getty Images
Ferrer, the No. 4 seed, serves to Djokovic, the No. 2 seed, Sunday. Getty Images
Djokovic returns a shot against against Ferrer during their men's singles semifinal match of the 2012 US Open on Saturday, September 8. The match was stopped in the middle of the first set due to approaching severe weather and resumed on Sunday. Getty Images
Ferrer follows through his shot against Djokovic on Saturday. AFP/Getty Images
Djokovic comes down on the ball while playing Ferrer on Saturday. AFP/Getty Images
Spectators evacuate the Arthur Ashe Stadium during Ferrer and Djokovic's match as severe weather approached on Saturday. AFP/Getty Images
British Andy Murray returns a shot against Czech Tomas Berdych during his men's singles semifinal match in the 2012 U.S. Open on Saturday, September 8. Getty Images
Murray of Great Britain argues with the chair umpire Pascal Maria and Berdych on Saturday after the wind blew his hat off during their match. Getty Images
Berdych slams the ball onto Murray's side of the court on Saturday. Getty Images
Murray celebrates after winning a point against Berdych on Saturday. AFP/Getty Images
Rain falls on center court in Arthur Ashe stadium, causing officials to suspend play on day 13 of the 2012 U.S. Open on Saturday, September 8. Getty Images
Grounds crew workers clear water during a rain delay on Saturday. Getty Images
Belarus' Victoria Azarenka stares down the ball during her women's singles semifinals match against Russia's Maria Sharapova during the U.S. Open on Friday, September 7. AFP/Getty Images
Sharapova returns a shot against Azarenka on Friday. Getty Images
Stefan 'Redfoo' Gordy of the American electro duo LMFAO attends the women's singles semifinal match between Azarenka and Sharapova on Friday. Getty Images
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates match point against Sharapova on Friday. Getty Images
Sarah Errani of Italy serves in her match against Serena Williams of the United States during a women's singles semifinal match Friday. Getty Images
Williams makes a return in her match against Errani. Getty Images
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of the United States pose with their trophy after their men's doubles final match against Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic on Friday. Getty Images
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates match point during his men's singles quarterfinal match against Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina on Thursday, September 6. Getty Images
Juan Martin del Potro returns a shot against Novak Djokovic on Thursday. Getty Images
Djokovic returns a shot. Getty Images
Juan Martin del Potro reacts at the net on Thursday. Getty Images
Djokovic lunges to make a return. Getty Images
Spain's David Ferrer celebrates his men's singles quarterfinal victory over Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic on Thursday. Getty Images
Ferrer returns a shot against Tipsarevic during their quarterfinal match. Getty Images
Tipsarevic makes a backhand return to Ferrer. Getty Images
Tipsarevic slips on the court while attempting a return shot. Getty Images
Ekaterina Makarova of Russia and Bruno Soares of Brazil celebrate after defeating Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic and Marcin Matkowski of Poland to win their mixed doubles final match on Thursday. Getty Images
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada returns a shot against Victoria Duval of the U.S. on Thursday. Getty Images
Ipek Soylu of Turkey wipes her face during a break against American Chalena Scholl during their girl's juniors singles match on Thursday. Getty Images
Andy Roddick of the United States salutes the crowd after losing his final career match to Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in their men's singles fourth-round match at the 2012 U.S. Open on Wednesday, September 5. Getty Images
Coach Larry Stefanki, left trainer Doug Spreen, wife Brooklyn Decker and agent Graham Cross watch Roddick in his final match on Wednesday. Getty Images
Del Potro plays returns a backhand to Roddick on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images
Roddick chases down the ball during his match against del Potro on Wednesday. Roddick announced he would retire after this Grand Slam. Getty Images
Russian Maria Sharapova serves to France's Marion Bartoli during their women's singles quarterfinal match on Wednesday. Getty Images
Bartoli returns a shot against Sharapova on Wednesday. Getty Images
NBA basketball player Tyson Chandler and his daughter Sacha-Marie attend the U.S. Open on Wednesday. Getty Images
Serbia's Novak Djokovic pulls back to return a shot to Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland during his men's singles fourth-round match on Wednesday. Getty Images
Wawrinka carries his broken racquet off the court during his match on Wednesday against Djokovic. AFP/Getty Images
Italian Sara Errani returns a shot against countrywoman Roberta Vinci during Wednesday's women's singles quarterfinal match. Getty Images
Vinci serves to fellow Italian Errani on Wednesday. Getty Images
Serbian Janko Tipsarevic clenches his fist after a play against German Philipp Kohlschreiber on Wednesday. Getty Images
France's Marion Bartoli reacts to a point against Maria Sharapova of Russia on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images
Attendants get the court ready for Wednesday's match between Bartoli and Sharapova. AFP/Getty Images
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates after defeating Samantha Stosur of Australia to win their women's singles quarterfinals match on Tuesday, September 4. Getty Images
David Ferrer of Spain returns a shot against Richard Gasquet of France during their men's singles fourth-round match on Tuesday. Getty Images
Samantha Stosur of Australia returns a shot against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Tuesday. Getty Images
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus reacts against Samantha Stosur of Australia on Tuesday. Getty Images
Spectators shelter under umbrellas as rain delays play during the women's singles quarterfinal match between Maria Sharapova of Russia and Marion Bartoli of France on Tuesday. Getty Images
Samantha Stosur of Australia makes a return shot in her women's singles match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. AFP/Getty Images
Roberta Vinci serves as she and Italian teammate Sara Errani play a women's doubles quarterfinals match on Tuesday. Getty Images
The braids of Victoria Azarenka of Belarus swing with her follow-through during her match on Tuesday. AFP/Getty Images
A grounds crew dries the court Tuesday after rain suspended play. Getty Images
Julia Goerges, left, of Germany and Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic react after a point against Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy on Tuesday. Getty Images
American Serena Williams returns a shot Monday. Getty Images
Mike Bryan, right, and Bob Bryan of the United States bump chests in celebration during their doubles match against Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and Scott Lipsky of the United States on Monday. Getty Images
Sara Errani of Italy hits a return to Angelique Kerber of Germany during their women's singles match on Monday. AFP/Getty Images
Marion Bartoli of France serves against Maria Sharapova of Russia on Tuesday. Getty Images
Martin Klizan of Slovakia takes a tumble Monday. AFP/Getty Images
Taylor Townsend of the United States serves during her doubles match on Monday. Getty Images
Canadian player Milos Raonic of Canada prepares to serve on Monday. Getty Images
Andy Roddick of the United States celebrates after defeating Fabio Fognini of Italy on Sunday, September 2. Getty Images for USTA
Fognini wipes his face with a towel during his men's singles third-round match against Roddick. Getty Images
Roddick returns a shot to Fognini. Getty Images for USTA
Russia's Maria Sharapova returns a shot to Nadia Petrova of Russia and wins Sunday's match to move on to the quarterfinals. Getty Images
Leonardo Mayer of Argentina hits a return to Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during their men's singles third-round match Sunday. AFP/Getty Images
Anna Tatishvili of Georgia celebrates a point during her women's singles fourth-round match Sunday against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. AFP/Getty Images
Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany returns a shot to John Isner of the United States on Sunday. Getty Images
Novak Djokovic of Serbia waves to the crowd Sunday after winning his men's singles third-round match against Julien Benneteau of France. Getty Images
Benneteau returns a shot to Djokovic. AFP/Getty Images
Djokovic serves to Benneteau. Getty Images
Lleyton Hewitt of Australia hits a return to David Ferrer of Spain during their men's singles match Sunday. AFP/Getty Images
Fernando Verdasco of Spain returns a shot to top-ranked Roger Federer of Switzerland during their men's singles match at the U.S. Open on Saturday, September 1. AFP/Getty Images
Switzerland's Roger Federer returns a shot to Spain's Fernando Verdasco. AFP/Getty Images
Maria Kirilenko of Russia tapes her racquet handle during a break in her match against Czech Andrea Hlavackova. AFP/Getty Images
Hlavackova returns a shot against Kirilenko. Getty Images
Frenchman Jeremy Chardy stretches to make a return against Slovakia's Martin Klizan. AFP/Getty Images
Serbian Jelena Jankovic serves against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska. Getty Images
Ana Ivanovic of Serbia plays a shot against American Sloane Stephens. AFP/Getty Images
Spain's Nicolas Almagro returns a shot to Jack Sock of the United States. Getty Images
Venus Williams of the United States watches a match. Getty Images
Serena Williams of the United States returns a shot against Russia's Ekaterina Makarova in their third-round singles match. Getty Images
Spain's Feliciano Lopez of Spain hits a return to Andy Murray of Great Britain. AFP/Getty Images
Murray reacts after defeating Lopez. Getty Images
Milos Raonic of Canada serves in his match against James Blake of the United States. AFP/Getty Images
Roberta Vinci of Italy serves against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during a women's singles third-round match. Getty Images
Kei Nishikori of Japan serves the ball to Marin Cilic of Croatia during a men's singles match. AFP/Getty Images
Australia's Lleyton Hewitt returns a shot to Luxembourg 's Gilles Muller in a men's singles second-round match. Getty Images
Spectators inside a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium watch the second-round match between American Andy Roddick and Australia's Bernard Tomic. Getty Images
Roddick celebrates a point during his men's singles second round match Tomic. Roddick, 30, who has announced he will retire after the U.S. Open, won in three sets. Getty Images
Maria Sharapova of Russia returns a shot against Mallory Burdette of the United States during their women's singles third-round match. Getty Images
Ryan Harrison of the United States reacts after a point against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in a second- round singles match. Del Potro won in four sets. Getty Images
Czech Lucie Safarova serves to Russian Nadia Petrova of Russia during their third round match. Getty Images
Jarkko Nieminen of Finland serves against John Isner of the United States. Getty Images
American Steve Johnson returns a shot against Latvian Ernests Gulbis. Getty Images
Samantha Stosur of Australia serves the ball against Varvara Lepchenko of the United States during their third-round match. Getty Images
David Ferrer of Spain serves against Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands. Getty Images
Varvara Lepchenko of the United States returns against Samantha Stosur of Australia. AFP/Getty Images
Samantha Stosur of Australia serves against Varvara Lepchenko of the United States during a women's singles third round match. Getty Images
Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates match point after her women's second round match against Venus Williams of the United States on Day Four of the 2012 US Open on Thursday, August 30. Getty Images
Venus Williams of the United States reacts during her women's second round match against Angelique Kerber of Germany. Getty Images
Ana Ivanovic of Serbia returns a shot against Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden during their women's singles second-round match. Getty Images
A ball boy stands by during the match between Kei Nishikori of Japan and Tim Smyczek of the United States. AFP/Getty Images
Maria Kirilenko of Russia serves against Greta Arn of Hungary. Getty Images
Pablo Andujar of Spain serves against Feliciano Lopez of Spain during their men's singles second-round match. Getty Images
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France jumps over the net while trying to return a shot against Martin Klizan of Slovakia. Getty Images
Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a backhand during a practice session. Getty Images
Nicolas Almagro of Spain lies on the court as he celebrates match point after his men's singles second-round match against Philipp Petzschner of Germany. Getty Images
Philipp Petzschner of Germany reacts during his men's singles second round-match against Nicolas Almagro of Spain. Getty Images
Philipp Petzschner of Germany slides during his men's singles second-round match against Nicolas Almagro of Spain. Getty Images
Mardy Fish of the United States celebrates after defeating Nikolay Davydenko of Russia. AFP/Getty Images
Tatjana Malek of Germany returns a shot during her women's singles second-round match against Sloane Stephens of the United States. Getty Images
Sloane Stephens of the United States returns a shot during her women's singles second-round match against Tatjana Malek of Germany. Getty Images
Sloane Stephens of the United States reacts during her women's singles second-round match against Tatjana Malek of Germany. Getty Images
Kim Clijsters of Belgium reacts during her second round match loss to Laura Robson of Great Britain. Getty Images
Italian Andreas Seppi hits a backhand during his men's singles first-round match against Spaniard Tommy Robredo. Getty Images
Serbian Janko Tipsarevic serves against Guillaume Rufin of France. Getty Images
Sisters and doubles partners Venus Williams, left, and Serena Williams of the U.S. take on U.S. players Mallory Burdette and Nicole Gibbs during their women's doubles first-round match. Getty Images
France's Alize Cornet returns a shot during her women's singles second-round match against Czech Petra Kvitova. Getty Images
Mikhail Youzhny of Russia reacts during his match against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. Getty Images
U.S. players Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan chest bump after winning match point in their men's doubles first-round match against Belgian players David Goffin and Steve Darcis. Getty Images
Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina serves against Florent Serra of France. Getty Images
Spain's Tommy Robredo poaches the ball during his men's singles first-round match against Italian Andreas Seppi. Getty Images
The water fountain under the iconic unisphere produces a rainbow at the grounds of the National Tennis Center. Getty Images
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov serves to France's Benoit Paire. Getty Images
Australian Samantha Stosur returns a shot during her women's singles second-round match against Romanian Edina Gallovits-Hall. Getty Images
Benoit Paire of France wipes his face during his men's singles first-round match against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. Getty Images
Luxembourg fans cheer on Mandy Minella during her women's singles second-round match against Czech Kristyna Pliskova. Getty Images
Australian Lleyton Hewitt tosses his racquet during his men's singles first-round match against German Tobias Kamke. Getty Images
Spain's David Ferrer returns a shot against South African Kevin Anderson. Getty Images
Belgian Kim Clijsters, left, congratulates Britain's Laura Robson after their match. Getty Images
Latvian Ernests Gulbis stretches for the fall during his men's singles first-round match against German Tommy Haas. Getty Images
Venus Williams, left, and Serena Williams tap hands during their women's doubles first-round match. Getty Images
Australian Casey Dellacqua serves against China's Na Li during their second-round match. Getty Images
Britain's Johanna Konta serves to Hungarian Timea Babos during their women's singles first-round match on Day Two of the 2012 U.S. Open. Getty Images
Serbia's Ana Ivanovic serves to Ukraine's Elina Svitolina during their women's singles first-round match. Getty Images
Serbian Novak Djokovic looks on against Italian Paolo Lorenzi during their men's single first-round match. Getty Images
France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin serves the ball against Italian Fabio Fognini of Italy. Getty Images
Anne Keothavong of Great Britain returns a shot during her first-round match against Angelique Kerber of Germany. Getty Images
France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga serves the ball against Karol Beck of Slovakia. Getty Images
American Venus Williams returns to Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States. AFP/Getty Images
Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic celebrates after defeating Klara Zakopalova, also of the Czech Republic, in the first round. Getty Images
Italy's Roberta Vinci returns a shot against Poland's Urszula Radwanska. Getty Images
A worker climbs a ladder to adjust the board displaying the women's draw. Getty Images
Slovakia's Karol Beck stretches to return a backhanded shot against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Getty Images
Fans wait for an autograph from U.S. player Andy Roddick after he defeated U.S. player Rhyne Williams. Getty Images
American Andy Roddick hits the ball against countryman Rhyne Williams during their first-round 2012 U.S. Open match in New York on Tuesday, August 28. AFP/Getty Images
Roddick wears patriotic shoes for his match against Williams. Getty Images
Golfer Sergio Garcia of Spain signs an autograph for a fan as James Blake of the United States and Lukas Lacko of Slovakia compete. Getty Images
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France serves against Karol Beck of Slovakia during their first-round match on day two. Getty Images
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland selects tennis balls during a match against Nina Bratchikova of Russia. AFP/Getty Images
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic hits against David Goffin of Belguim during their men's first-round match. AFP/Getty Images
Roberta Vinci of Italy celebrates a shot against Urszula Radwanska of Poland. Getty Images
Agnieszka Radwanska returns to Bratchikova. AFP/Getty Images
Angelique Kerber of Germany returns a shot during her women's singles first-round match against Anne Keothavong of Great Britain. AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks expload over Arthur Ashe Stadium during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 U.S. Open on Monday, August 27. Getty Images
Fans watch fireworks as actress/singer Jordin Sparks performs the national anthem during the opening ceremonies. Getty Images for USTA
Switzerland's Roger Federer serves to American Donald Young during their men's singles first-round match. Getty Images for USTA
Donald Young reacts during his match against Roger Federer. Getty Images
Roger Federer returns a shot to Donald Young. Getty Images
Alec Baldwin, center, and his wife, Hilaria Thomas, right, watch the first day of action Monday at the U.S. Open. Getty Images
A downpour interrupts play Monday at Flushing Meadows. Getty Images
France's Marion Bartoli serves during her women's singles first-round match against American Jamie Hampton. Getty Images
American James Blake celebrates a point during his men's singles first-round match against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia. Getty Images for USTA
Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr. stretches to play a backhand against Andy Murray of Great Britain during their men's singles first-round match. Getty Images
Andy Murray shakes hands at the net with Alex Bogomolov Jr. after winning his men's singles first-round match. Getty Images
American Melanie Oudin returns a shot during her women's singles first-round match against Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic. Getty Images
Florian Mayer of Germany serves to American Jack Sock. Getty Images
Belgium's Kim Clijsters moves to return a shot during her women's singles first-round match against American Victoria Duval. Getty Images
A spectator in a kangeroo costume cheers from the stands during the match between Tatsuma Ito of Japan and Matthew Ebden of Australia. Getty Images
Maria Sharapova of Russia returns a shot to Melinda Czink of Hungary. Getty Images for USTA