Roger Federer had a tough couple of matches in the first two rounds of the U.S Open as both matches went into 5 sets but the Swiss great survived. He played a lot better in the third round against F Lopez to finish 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 and book himself a place against Germany’s
P Kohlschreiber in the fourth round.
Federer Finishes In Three Sets
Federer would have been relieved to have finished in three sets as a third back to back 5 setter would have taken out a lot from the 36 year old. The number 3 seed is one of the top favorites along with World Number 1 Rafael Nadal to win this year’s U.S Open.
After his match against F Lopez, Federer stated that he was happy to finish the match in three sets. Roger admitted that he was a little concerned heading into the match that he would feel a bit sluggish and get tired. However he felt just fine and had good energy throughout the match.
Rafael Nadal has had it a little easier in his three opening matches in the U.S Open. He has also advanced to the fourth round with a victory over Argentina’s L Mayer winning 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4. Although he dropped the first set in a tie breaker, Nadal was happy with his performance against L Mayer and said he played a lot better when compared to his last two matches. The number one seed will take on A. Dolgopolov in the fourth round.
Potential Semi-Final Clash
Should the two legendary players continue to advance in the U.S Open, they will clash in the semi-final and give fans yet another epic Federer-Nadal encounter. Both players have had a tremendous 2017 with Nadal winning the French Open and regaining the World Number 1 ranking while Federer has won the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Nadal had told the media earlier in a lighthearted mode that he wished that he did not have to play Federer.
The two have had a great rivalry over the last decade and it has made both of them better players as they have pushed each other to bring out the best in both of them. If Nadal ends up losing to Federer, he will most likely also end up losing his number one World Ranking.