Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

US Open: Nadal vs Lajovic in Round of 128 Action

US Open: Nadal vs Lajovic in Round of 128 Action

Federer has won the U.S. Open five times, most recently in 2008.

"We've got the new grandstand, the roof, a new stadium coming online", said Chris Widmaier, a spokesman for the tournament.

That leaves No. 1 seed Nadal and No. 3 Roger Federer - who has been dealing with a bad back himself - as the two clear favorites for the men's trophy. Nadal has a fairly easy path to the quarterfinals, but then would face Grigor Dimitrov, who looked wonderful when he won in Cincinnati this month.

Also missing in action are defending champion Stan Wawrinka, who beat Djokovic in four sets previous year, 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori, and the top-ranked Canadian man on the ATP Tour in Milos Raonic following a procedure on his left wrist.

"When I came here one week ago and I stepped on the site, a lot of great memories came back", said Kerber. It is obvious, no?

"Anyway, meeting him here in semifinals with Roger, if that happens that will be something great and wonderful", Nadal said.

It is a contest Wimbledon champion Federer, who beat Nadal to win the Australian Open in January, would relish, having also beaten his longtime rival in Indian Wells and Miami this year. "No, of course I understand that [it's] gonna be great for our history". It's true that we played in all Grand Slam finals ... but, anyway, meeting him here, in the semifinals, with Roger, if that happens, that will be something great and awesome.

"If I am in semi-finals, I prefer to play against another one", he said with a smile.

The 30-year-old Russian, who was banned after testing positive for heart drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, has had mixed results since re-joining the WTA Tour and will need to be at her best early to keep alive any hope of her first title at Flushing Meadows since 2006. All three times the Swiss bettered in the rivalry. While he is 23-14 all time against Federer, he'd like to avoid what the fans want to happen.

Interestingly, Federer differs in opinion at a possible "Fedal" at the semi-final round.

Federer, meanwhile, is looking to move beyond Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors by claiming a sixth US Open and reach a first final in the city since his sensational 2009 loss to Juan Martin del Potro.

"Meeting him here in the semi-finals, if that happens that will be something great and awesome, but as I say before, we made a lot (of history)".

Nadal will take on Serbia's Dusan Lajovic on Tuesday while Federer will begin his US Open campaign against American Frances Tiafoe Jr on Wednesday. "Five matches for each remain, so ten matches, ten victories to have that match. So I think it's a huge opportunity for guys ranked outside of the top 10". "That's my goal", he said.

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