Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Federer, Nadal predict 'great' semi if they meet at US Open

Federer, Nadal predict 'great' semi if they meet at US Open

On paper, Halep should progress - but the 30-year-old Russian, who won the US Open title in 2006, has a 6-0 win record over her.

Having begun the year ranked 24, Zverev has stormed into the top 10 and is virtually certain to qualify for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals for the first time.

Though he was undoubtedly outplayed in the final in Montreal, Federer sustained a slight back injury in the second set against Zverev, and after a couple of days of deliberation chose to withdraw from the tournament.

Andy Murray - knocked off the top of the rankings this week - will face Tennys Sandgren in his opening match and, should he make it to the latter stages in NY, will avoid Federer and Nadal until the final.

"Facing her, I'm, like, it's going to be a big challenge", Halep said. "I know you want to hear the other way that I would love to play with him".

"But anyway, meeting him here in semifinals with Roger, if that happens that will be something great and fantastic". "Finals are more special than semifinals, in that case".

"I mean, I'd be happy to play him here", Federer told reporters. Those looking for #Roger Federer's and #Rafael Nadal's match times will have to look to Tuesday as it's day two of the 2017 US Open when these top seeds will make their debuts in this year's tournament. "We have our work cut out there". They've played plenty of matches-37 in all-and many at the majors, including five at the French Open, four at the Australian Open and three at Wimbledon. Hopefully it will be a night session.

Asked if he hopes to play again this season, Murray added: "I'll definitely make a decision on that in the next few days".

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He can be backed at around the 7/1 mark but is sharing third-favouritism with rising star Alexander Zverev, who has broken into the top ten on the ATP Tour this season, while 2009 US Open victor Juan del Potro is fit again and cannot be ruled out at 25/1. He last won the championship in 2013.

"Nishikori and Raonic have had some injuries as of late".

Brit Andy Murray is the men's second seed and is drawn to face fourth seeded German Alexander Zverev in the semifinals. The fourth-seeded Zverev defeated Federer in a title match in Cincinnati earlier this month. However, he rebounded well to win the title in Halle without dropping a set, and then did not drop a set on his way to his eighth Wimbledon title, beating Marin Cilic in the final. He won the U.S. Open in 2014. The match took 22 games.

Federer starts his bid for a sixth title against USA teenager Frances Tiafoe, the world number 71 who shocked Zverev in Cincinnati.

Defending champion Angelique Kerber takes on Japan's Naomi Osaka of Japan.

Nick Kyrgios' bid for a maiden grand slam title will kick off against compatriot John Millman. "I have enough pressure". In nine grand slam events over his career, he has not made a quarterfinal.

In the women's draw, there's one doozy to start the tournament: Simona Halep, seeded second, against the unseeded Maria Sharapova, who received a wildcard as she returns from a 15-month drug suspension.

Eight women enter with a shot at being ranked No. 1 when the U.S. Open ends: Karolina Pliskova, the 2016 runner-up who now holds the top spot, Halep, Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, Caroline Wozniacki, Johanna Konta, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Venus Williams. Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki is fifth.

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