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[00:03.52]Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Spain’s Rafael Nadal have played each other dozens of times through the years.
[00:16.40]Their rivalry has included memorable matches, including finals, at all but one of the world’s Grand Slam championships.
[00:30.69]They have never played each other at the U.S. Open.
[00:35.58]Fans of the sport hoped that this year, two of the world’s best would finally face off at Flushing Meadow in New York.
[00:49.63]Those hopes ended Wednesday night, however.
[00:54.38]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.
[01:09.90]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.”
[01:25.30]Federer also said that, unlike just about everyone else, he did not spend any time at all thinking about a possible matchup with Nadal.
[01:39.63]This is the sixth time in which they were one game away from playing each other in New York.
[01:49.35]It happened in 2009, when del Potro himself beat Nadal in the semifinals, and then Federer in the final.
[02:01.58]Federer entered the quarterfinals undefeated in Grand Slam play this season.
[02:09.86]He won titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
[02:15.19]But he hurt his back at a tournament last month, which limited his preparation for the U.S. Open.
[02:24.37]Before the U.S. Open began, Nadal was honest as can be when asked whether he hoped to face Federer.
[02:35.22]The answer was no, because he would prefer to play someone who is easier to beat.
[02:44.12]Nadal will next face del Potro on Friday in the semifinal.
[02:50.82]The other semifinal game includes two men who have never been this far at any major:
[02:59.80]Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain versus Kevin Anderson of South Africa.
[03:07.35]On the women’s side, the four remaining players are all Americans.
[03:15.36]It is the first time that has happened at the U.S. Open in 36 years.
[03:23.26]Venus Williams will play Sloane Stephens in one semifinal game, and Madison Keys will play CoCo Vandeweghe in the other.
[03:37.36]And that’s What’s Trending Today…
[03:40.98]I’m Caty Weaver.