US Open preview, seedings: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer the main attractions

by Garry Watts August 30, 2017, 1:30
US Open preview, seedings: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer the main attractions

Nadal, 31, who won his tenth French Open in June, and Federer, now 36, who has returned to peak form to win the Australian and Wimbledon titles this year, are seeded to meet in the semi-finals. It is tennis' final grand slam of the year, and our Roger Clark takes a look at what we can expect over the next two weeks.

"I'm disappointed that we don't have all the players playing but the best thing about them missing is that we can have new faces".

Last year's US Open women's final saw Angelique Kerber of Germany earn the second grand slam of her career as she beat Karolina Pliskova, but since then it is the 25-year-old Czech player who has prospered the better and she goes into the tournament ranked number one in the world. But he could still face Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal in the final And in his half, he's the favorite to get there.

Making the step up from tournament victor to grand slam champion is a big leap but Zverev pushed Nadal to five sets at the Australian Open in January, was edged out in five sets by Milos Raonic in the last 16 at Wimbledon and feels he is on the verge of a breakthrough. They were drawn Friday into the same half of the bracket, meaning they could only meet in the semifinals in NY.

Murray has won this tournament once before, claiming the championship in 2012.

The potential men's quarterfinals: Nadal against Grigor Dimitrov, Federer against Dominic Thiem, Murray against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Zverev against 2014 champion Marin Cilic. But because Murray waited until Saturday, Federer and Nadal remain in the same half.

"So, unfortunately, I won't be playing".

Federer, the Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, said: "I think that would be fun for everybody involved. How the year has been going, they are still on top of everyone", Zverev said.

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Kerber beat Pliskova in last year's final in NY and moved up to No. 1 in the rankings for the first time. And fans are more than happy that for the first time ever, Flushing Meadows would witness a Federer-Nadal rivalry with a possible semi-final showdown.

"Maybe", Halep said, "I will change this".

"That's the one player everybody wanted to see where she would land".

"But anyway, meeting him here in semifinals with Roger, if that happens that will be something great and unbelievable".

Despite having faced each other 37 times over the years, the pair have somehow never faced each other in NY and a potential meeting would be their fourth of the calendar year so far. Hopefully it will be a night session.

"Roger and Rafa (Nadal) are the biggest favourites stillbut. hopefully I can get to those guys". "I don't think we're both thinking that far ahead". "But I'll decide on that in the next couple of days, for sure".

Federer, though, would love to face his rival for the first time in NY.

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