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Murray lukewarm over roof

Andy Murray (AFP)
Andy Murray (AFP)

Cincinnati - US Open holder Andy Murray expressed mixed feelings on Wednesday about plans to finally put a roof over the main showcourt at the tournament's Flushing Meadows venue.

The multi-million dollar project is set to be unveiled on Thursday with details to be filled in by US Tennis Association officials.

The plans would end years of weather misery at the major, including five straight years of men's finals forced to be played a day late on a Monday.

"I don't necessarily miss being rained off, but rain delays used to be part of it; that's kind of going away gradually," the world number two said after advancing into the third round at the Cincinnati Masters by beating Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-3.

"I don't particularly like going from indoors to outdoors to indoors. It's also tough. But it's good for TV.

"It's good for fans that are watching. For the players that are scheduled on that court, it's great.

"For certain reasons it's fantastic. It's always good that you know matches are going to get finished."

Murray is a veteran of the closed Wimbledon Centre Court roof, which was completed in 2009.

He lost the 2012 final to Roger Federer under the translucent covering when it was closed for the remainder of the match due to weather, but he then won the first British men's title in 77 years there last month with the roof open and summer sunshine streaming in.

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