Federer, Nadal in action on sunny day at US Open

by Leon Thompson September 7, 2017, 1:29
Federer, Nadal in action on sunny day at US Open

In the women's quarterfinals, No. 1 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic faces No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe of the U.S., and 15th-seeded Madison Keys of the U.S. meets 418th-ranked Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, the first qualifier in the U.S. Open women's quarterfinals since Barbara Gerken in 1981.

The top-seeded Nadal wrapped up the rout in just more than 90 minutes, then waited to see whether he would finally face his longtime rival in the only Grand Slam tournament where they have never met.

While Federer eased into the fourth round, 24th seed Del Potro battled through five sets against Austrian Dominic Thiem and his flat forehand could prove lethal against the former world No 1.

During the on-court interview at Arthur Ashe Stadium afterward, Federer said with a laugh at the break before the third set Monday night was because he "just needed a bit of a rub on my back or my bottom and I didn't want to do it on court".

"To play him here after our epic final in 2009 is great and I think we're both looking forward to it, or at least I am".

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Nadal did his part easily, breaking the 19-year-old Rublev's serve seven times.

Monday is the Labor Day holiday in the U.S. and to celebrate the U.S. Open is hosting its first Military Appreciation Day at Flushing Meadows, which will include discounted tickets for the military and appearances by high-ranking officers, who will conduct the ceremonial coin tosses before matches. "I will try to do my best - I have nothing to lose", said Rublev, whose push to victory on Monday was helped by Goffin suffering a left knee injury. "And I believe Rafa is going to be ready if that match has to happen". No man has won the U.S. Open without dropping a set in the Open era, which started in 1968.

But it didn't halt his assault as he capped a 6-4 6-2 7-5 victory.

The No 1 ranking is also at stake in today's matches. "I played with not many mistakes". "Now that we're older, we can put that into words, but we all wanted to be there". She lost at that stage at Wimbledon in July, after making it to the semifinals at the Australian Open in January. "That what's I am doing", Nadal said.

The 20th-seeded Vandeweghe is into the round of eight at a Grand Slam tournament for the third time this season.

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