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Federer, Nadal Once Again Will Not Play Each Other at US Open

2017-09-08

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  • This is What’s Trending Today.
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  • Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Spain’s Rafael Nadal have played each other dozens of times through the years.
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  • Their rivalry has included memorable matches, including finals, at all but one of the world’s Grand Slam championships.
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  • They have never played each other at the U.S. Open.
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  • Fans of the sport hoped that this year, two of the world’s best would finally face off at Flushing Meadow in New York.
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  • Those hopes ended Wednesday night, however.
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  • Just hours after Nadal won a spot in the semifinal round of the tournament, Federer lost in four sets to Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro.
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  • After his loss, Federer said of del Potro, “He came up with the goods when he needed to...and I helped him a little bit sometimes, too, maybe.”
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  • Federer also said that, unlike just about everyone else, he did not spend any time at all thinking about a possible matchup with Nadal.
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  • This is the sixth time in which they were one game away from playing each other in New York.
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  • It happened in 2009, when del Potro himself beat Nadal in the semifinals, and then Federer in the final.
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  • Federer entered the quarterfinals undefeated in Grand Slam play this season.
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  • He won titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
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  • But he hurt his back at a tournament last month, which limited his preparation for the U.S. Open.
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  • Before the U.S. Open began, Nadal was honest as can be when asked whether he hoped to face Federer.
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  • The answer was no, because he would prefer to play someone who is easier to beat.
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  • Nadal will next face del Potro on Friday in the semifinal.
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  • The other semifinal game includes two men who have never been this far at any major:
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  • Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain versus Kevin Anderson of South Africa.
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  • On the women’s side, the four remaining players are all Americans.
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  • It is the first time that has happened at the U.S. Open in 36 years.
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  • Venus Williams will play Sloane Stephens in one semifinal game, and Madison Keys will play CoCo Vandeweghe in the other.
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  • And that’s What’s Trending Today…
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