Tennis US Open halted by lightning threat; relief to Roger Federer

Play at the US Open was halted Sunday due to the threat of lightning and rain, a decision which came as a relief to Roger Federer who was trailing in his third round match.

New York: Play at the US Open was halted Sunday due to the threat of lightning and rain, a decision which came as a relief to Roger Federer who was trailing in his third round match.

The suspension came at shortly after 4.30pm local time (20:30GMT) on a day which had seen heavy humidity make playing conditions difficult.

Federer, the five-time champion, was 5-2 down in the first set of his third round tie against Spain`s Marcel Granollers.

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