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Reborn Nadal and Federer eye US Open swansong

27 August, 2017, 01:18 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Reborn Nadal and Federer eye US Open swansong

The daily action from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will culminate with the Women's Championship on Saturday, Sept. 9, and the Men's Championship on Sunday, Sept. 10, both at 4 p.m. ET.

The other players are all risky on their day but I don't see them winning the tournament. But if you compare the first three-quarters of this season to the equivalent period in 2016, the numbers have dropped again by some six per cent (the Olympic Games may play a role here), so that we are nearly back where we started.

"I was hoping that things were going to play out nicely and that I was going to be in contention in the second week at Wimbledon", he said.

His impressive win over Djokovic in May's Rome Masters final had him installed as a dark horse for the French Open. He was defeated in the fourth round and quarterfinals of Montreal and Cincinnati respectively, and both losses were to young, rising players.

Federer, the five-time USA champion from 2004-2008, is bidding for a 20th major and third of the year after capturing the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles.

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The last two points I'd like to make are about who I think will be the World No. 1 by the end of the US Open and what Rafael Nadal getting back to World No. 1 means for the sport and for many longtime avid tennis fans.

Alexander Zverev, the world number six, downed Federer for the Montreal title but slumped first time out in Cincinnati to United States teenager Frances Tiafoe. Sure she's the defending finalist, and she beat Venus and Serena Williams in back-to-back matches a year ago, but the pressure of being No. 1 without having won a major yet will get to her. Kristina Mladenovic and CoCo Vandeweghe are potential fourth-round and quarterfinal opponents.

Federer, with his eyes set on the 2017 US Open, is excited to team up with Nadal, his longtime foe.

Also, at 36, Federer is five years older than his 31-year-old lifelong rival.

Defending champion Andy Murray, world number one Rafael Nadal, and 2017's breakthrough star Alexander Zverev will headline the China Open later this year. Seemingly over the rust that accrued after her early season wrist surgery, she may be ready to produce that much-predicted Grand Slam title win.

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"We all know that we face a tremendous opposition in Team Europe but I believe our players will prove that our team is up for the challenge". "So I think it's a huge opportunity for guys ranked outside of the top 10".

Nadal is set to get back on the World ranking as his closest challenger Roger Federer has already withdrawn from the tournament due to injury concerns.

"I didn't necessarily think he'd get back to number one but I never write these true greats of the game off", said Henman of Nadal.

He'll open his campaign as the top seed against Dusan Lajovic, and is in the same section of the draw as seeds Richard Gasquet, Fabio Fognini and Tomas Berdych.

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