Nadal drawn to face Federer in US Open semis

Nadal drawn to face Federer in US Open semis”

Federer, this year, has already won the Australian Open and Wimbledon and has won 35 of his 38 matches.

Sharapova faces a hard test Monday in the night feature match at Arthur Ashe Stadium against world number two Simona Halep of Romania.

The U.S. Open is underway in Queens. And now with each drawn in the same half of the draw, speculation is that there might be a possible semi-final clash, becoming the first time ever that the Federer and Nadal would battle each other out at the Flushing Meadows. On paper, this should be an easy win for Nadal.

On the women's side, wild-card Maria Sharapova, making her return to Grand Slam tennis after 15-months, will face World No. 2 Simona Halep in the first round.

"Maybe some players have just had enough of playing hurt and told just themselves, "when I come back I just want to be 100 per cent". It is obvious, no?

Nadal said: "If I am in semifinals, not".

Their rivalry has stretched 13 years and 37 matches but Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have never met at the US Open, an anomaly which seems certain to be corrected after a host of rivals limped out of contention.

And as we head into the last Grand Slam tournament of 2017, Federer and Nadal dominate the antepost sports betting markets, with the absence of defending champions Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic considerably weakening the opposition.

"If I am in semi-finals, I prefer to play against another one", he said with a smile. And If you miss any of Tuesday's action, the Tennis Channel will carry replays of television coverage throughout the day.

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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.

Svitolina then won the first game of the second set before Siniakova finally got on the board. It would not be a surprise if the Swiss wins a staggering 20th Grand Slam title in just over two weeks time. However, Nadal still leads the head-to-head tie by 23-14.

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

Kathleen Stroia, the WTA's Senior Vice President of Sport Sciences & Medicine and Transitions, said the schedule's setup helps players limit changes in court surfaces but they must still plan accordingly for the transitions.

"Overall I think the inspiration is being here, really", Sharapova said in a video on the US Open website.

Following the withdrawal of second seed Andy Murray, the draw has opened up for Tsonga, who next plays Canadian sensation Denis Shapovalov.

Montreal's Françoise Abanda and Ontario Denis Shapovalov, Peter Polansky and Frank Dancevic have made one more step towards the main draw of the global of the United States won their match of the second round of the qualifications on Thursday.

"I think it all depends on how the match goes. That's my goal", he said.

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