Rain stops play in Sydney

Rain has stopped play at the Sydney International event; men’s quarter-final matches will be resumed on Friday morning at 10h30am.

There will still be an attempt to complete the women’s singles semi-finals on Thursday. Top seed Simona Halep and Svetlana Kuznetsova contest the  one semi, while Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic and Mónica Puig are involved in the other.

The men’s quarter-final matches were underway when rain stopped play with Grigor Dimitrov two games away from defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Fourth-seeded Dimitrov lost the first set 4-6 but won the second 6-3 and was leading the third 4-2.

Frenchman Jeremy Chardy is leading Gilles Muller 7-6 (7-5) while Viktor Troicki and Nicolas Mahut were tied at 2-2 in the first set of the other quarter-final.

Yet to get on court is Australia’s Bernard Tomic, who is up against Teymuraz Gabashvili on the Ken Rosewall arena.