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Julia Goerges

'Can't hear anything': As rain pelts Open roof, Murray wins

When heavy rain began pelting the closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Andy Murray couldn't pick up the usual sounds of a tennis match.

Most importantly, he said, the thwack of a ball coming off his opponent's racket strings — or his own, for that matter — was completely indiscernible during a 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 second-round victory over Marcel Granollers at the U.S. Open on Thursday.

As it is, the new $150 million retractable cover makes the tournament's main stadium louder because the structure, even when open, traps the sounds of spectators chatting in the stands.

When it's shut, as was the case Wednesday because of showers that delayed play on all other...

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