Andy Roddick wants players to unite amid farcial scenes at US Open

Andy Roddick has called for players on the ATP Tour to unite in a bid to avoid the farcical scenes which have marred this year's US Open.

The American was speaking after easing into the quarter-finals in New York with a four-set win over David Ferrer in a match which had to be moved to court 13 after the Louis Armstrong Court was deemed unplayable by the players.



The inclement weather, a high water table at Flushing Meadows and poor scheduling have played havoc over the past fortnight and now means the bottom half of the men's draw will stay behind the top half. As a result, the men's final has already been switched from Sunday to Monday.



Rafael Nadal, Roddick's last-eight opponent, earlier called for players to be given a greater say in scheduling and Roddick would be willing to lead a delegation on behalf of the protagonists.



The 21st seed said: "I have been trying to tell people that talent normally wins in negotiations. But until we unite as one voice, then we're not going to get what we want. Therefore, we don't have the right to complain about it.



"I think you have to have the right person involved who might understand the business side of it. You're going to have to have a player who's willing to make some sort of sacrifice.



"At this point in my career, I would jump at the chance to leave the sport in a better position for the players moving forward."



Speaking after beating Gilles Muller, Nadal said: "The problem is we need to have the right representation in these tournaments. Things like this cannot happen. Having the semi-finals on Saturday is something crazy for the players.



"The problem, in my opinion, is not the organisation of the US Open. The problem is we don't have enough power in these kind of tournaments. That's what has to change very soon. I think everybody agrees that these things have to change."



Roddick's countryman John Isner reached his first grand slam quarter-final with a 7-6 (7/2) 3-6 7-6 (7/2) 7-6 (7/4) victory over Gilles Simon.



The 6ft 9in American will meet Andy Murray next, the Scot cruising past home hope Donald Young 6-2 6-3 6-3.



The two quarter-finals in the top half also took place last night with Roger Federer again looking impressive. The Swiss, who is without a grand slam success since winning in Melbourne last year, crushed Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the loss of just 10 games.



World number one Novak Djokovic had a tougher night against Serbian compatriot Janko Tipsarevic.



Tipsarevic took the fight to his countryman and tested his legendary powers of defence but began to struggle in the third and lost nine games in a row before retiring at 7-6 (7/2) 6-7 (3/7) 0-6 0-3 down.



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