Andy Roddick defeated fifth-seed David Ferrer to enter the quarter finals of the U.S Open.

After the match the 21st-seeded Roddick jogged a full circuit around the bleachers to high-five the fans.

“I thought the atmosphere was great,” said Roddick.

The match was delayed nearly two days by the rain that brought the U.S. Open to a virtual standstill.

The match was moved to Court 13 after seeping water on Armstrong rendered the show-court unplayable.

Roddick had not played anywhere at Flushing Meadows other than the main court, Arthur Ashe Stadium, since 2002, a run of 39 consecutive U.S. Open matches there.

I'd rather play a smaller court and have it packed than playing a bigger court and have it a quarter full, he said.

Roddick victory put him in the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the first time since 2008. He was joined later by fellow American John Isner, who fired 26 aces in upsetting 12th seed Gilles Simon, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-4). Isner will play against Murray.

Roddick will face defending champion Rafael Nadal on Friday for a place in the semifinals. Nadal, who trailed Gilles Muller 0-3 when their quarterfinal was halted after 20 minutes on Wednesday, stormed back for a 7-6 (7-1), 6-1, 6-2 victory.