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U.S. Open Day 4

Published 2200 GMT (0600 HKT) September 1, 2016
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Rain hit New York on Thursday, which made for unplayable outer courts for a time. But thankfully there was a roof over center court this year ... Michael Reaves/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Simona Halep was the first to take to the court under the roof due to the early rain and beat a fellow French Open finalist, Lucie Safarova, 6-3 6-4. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Andy Murray followed and also advanced in straight sets. But the second seed was tested by Spain's Marcel Granollers. Al Bello/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
In 2 1/2 hours, Murray, tennis' most in-form player, progressed 6-4 6-1 6-4. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Venus Williams, the seven-time grand slam winner, ended the day session on Ashe by easing past Germany's Julia Goerges 6-2 6-3. Al Bello/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Among matches completed on the other courts when the rain relented, 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori fended off big-hitting Russian Karen Khachanov 6-4 4-6 6-4 6-3. Alex Goodlett/Getty Images North America/Getty Images