Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Federer and Nadal move within sight of landmark meeting

Federer and Nadal move within sight of landmark meeting

Nadal hadn't reached the quarterfinals in Flushing Meadows since the last of his two U.S. Open titles in 2013.

Federer, who came into the tournament nursing a suspect back, took an off-court medical time-out at the end of the second set but did not appear hampered as he claimed a 6-4 6-2 7-5 victory.

Rafael Nadal is a set away from the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

There was no need for a fifth set Monday thanks largely to the No. 3 seed's serve.

Roger Federer crushed Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4 6-2 7-5 to ease into the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open and leaving the five-time champion on a collision course for a semi-final showdown with Rafa Nadal.

Two days after fighting off a match point to advance, the No. 1 seed won 22 of 24 points on her first serve and broke her unseeded opponent's serve six times.

As Rublev pondered a first Slam quarterfinal, the women's draw saw Estonia's world number 418 Kanepi book her place in the last eight of a major for the sixth time. Federer said he was anxious about his movement in his first-round match against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe, then had timing issues in his second-rounder against 35-year-old Russian Mikhail Youzhny - and both of those contests went five sets.

While fans were still filing into Arthur Ashe Stadium, Nadal was wrapping up a clinical first set in 23 minutes.

Monday's match represented more head-to-head dominance for the 19-time major victor, who has never lost in his career against Kohlschreiber. But one of those defeats came in five sets in the 2009 final at Flushing Meadows, when del Potro won his only Grand Slam title and ended Federer's streak of five consecutive championships in NY.

Rublev offered some resistance to start the second but it was brief, Nadal breaking to go up 3-2 and again to close out the set. The top-seeded Nadal faces Alexandr Dolgopolov on Monday afternoon.

Federer is a combined 44-0 against the first four men he's played, and he is 16-5 against del Potro.

Keys, Brady and No. 20 seed CoCo Vandeweghe are trying to join fellow Americans Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens into the women's quarters.

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