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Roddick© Getty ImagesAndy Roddick high-fived the fans on Court 13 after ousting fifth seed David Ferrer in the fourth round. takes a look at the news and talking points at the US Open on the second Thursday.

Roddick’s Lucky 13
With water bubbling up on Louis Armstrong, it was to Court 13 that Andy Roddick and David Ferrer were dispatched to play their long overdue fourth-round match on Thursday. It was the first time Roddick had played on the outside court since 1999 when he lost to Scott Lipski in the first round of the boys’ singles. After his four-set victory, Roddick lapped the court, high-fiving every fan within reach.

“I enjoyed it.  I like playing kind of the smaller more intimate stuff when I can,” said Roddick. “I haven't always gotten that opportunity here. I know Armstrong and Grandstand, there are so many great courts here that I just haven't been a part of at all. I didn't think Court 13 was in my future, but I probably could have promised you if it ever came to that I was just going to call it quits,” laughed the American. “But extenuating circumstances, I guess. It was just fun. You have people running to get their seat just to make sure they get one. I thought the atmosphere was great.”

It was certainly a world away from Arthur Ashe Stadium, where Roddick had played every match in the past nine years, and where he will face Rafael Nadal in Friday's quarter-finals.

“It was a little bit of everything,” recalled Roddick. “We had some Van Morrison wannabe playing music in the courtyard, so we had a Brown Eyed Girl soundtrack for about two games there. There was a guy scaling the fence in the back for a second. A couple of people wanted to do commentary from the service line. There was a repetitive screaming from the courtyard at one point. It was actually kind of shrill. It was a little stressful. So I don't know if that's what it's always like out there!”

Cash Backs Federer
Pat Cash has backed Roger Federer to win at least one more Grand Slam title. Speaking to CNN, Cash said of the 16-time major champion:

"The record books may show very few players win Grand Slams after 30, but as we know, Federer has been re-writing the record books consistently throughout his career.

"There is no reason other than mental or physical tiredness that would prevent a player winning over the age of 30. In fact an older player hits the ball better and has more experience and better tactics. I believe Federer will be a bit like Pete Sampras was at the end of his career, in that he will be a little less consistent but has a big win still in him.”

Schedule Change
The inclement weather at the US Open in the second week has led to the organisers pushing the men’s singles final back to Monday at 4pm ET. The semi-finals remain as scheduled and will be played on Saturday afternoon, allowing the winners a rest day on Sunday.

"For me at the end of the day it wouldn't have mattered that much, but out of fairness to the bottom half of the draw I think it's definitely the right thing to do,” said five-time former champion Federer, who completed his quarter-final match on Thursday. “This is the fourth year in a row we're playing a Monday final, might as well just make it a Monday final," joked the Swiss.

McEnroe Sticking By Murray
Prior to the tournament, four-time US Open champion John McEnroe picked Andy Murray as the 2011 singles champion and told Australia’s FoxSports on Thursday he is sticking by his man, despite the ominous form of the Top 3.

“I picked Murray to win. Obviously he's going to be one of those guys that's going to have to play four days in a row. So that's a tall order for anyone,” said McEnroe, before it was announced the final had been pushed back to Monday. “I don't like to go away from that pick. I made that pick in 2009 - that I think his first slam is going to be the 2011 US Open. He's actually got his act together, he won pretty easily today."

Isner Runs Out Of Shirts
John Isner had his hands full with Gilles Simon in their fourth-round clash on Thursday, but had another problem to contend with when he ran out of match shirts on the humid day in New York.

“It was very hot and humid. I went through 10 shirts. I ran out of shirts. I had to go get somebody to go get me some more shirts,” said Isner, who dispatched a friend to the NIKE store onsite at Flushing Meadows to hurriedly by some more.

“I needed them, because it was so humid out there,” said Isner. “I just kept going through my shirts.  At one point I counted in my bag and I only had two left and it was in the beginning of the third set or something. Also needed more wristbands too. But that was my fault. I didn't bring enough.  They're sitting in my hotel room.”

Young's Family Values
American wild card Donald Young bowed out of the 2011 US Open in the fourth round on Thursday, and afterwards paid tribute to his parents, Donald Sr., and Illona, who introduced him to tennis aged three and continue to coach him

“Family is very important to me,” said the 22 year old. “That's how I was kind of raised and brought up. I enjoy being at home with my parents and family, period. They started me and I appreciate that. They've been everything for me. When I was doing bad, they were there. When I was doing good, they were there. They've just done everything for my tennis. I'm not not interested in adding someone to the team, but they've been there, and they're there to stay, for sure.” 

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