Tennis fans are hoping to see Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meet Wednesday night at the US Open, and so too are the players. After a convincing 63, 60, 62 82-minute descruction over Adrian Mannarino Saturday, the attention has focused on what would be the first meeting of the two stars in New York.
“I think I only start really focusing on it once I’m really right there, you know, like the moment I would win my next round and he did the same,” Federer said. “But as long as it’s not the case, I’m really focused on making sure that from my side I do things the right way and professional. I don’t look ahead, even though I understand the urge of the press, you know, to try to go there already, which is entirely normal. I have gone through that my entire career, people talking about our matches even before the tournament started.
“We’re used to it. We know how to handle it. Clearly I think we both hope it’s going to happen this time for the first time in New York.”
Nadal leads Federer 21-10 in their historic rivalry with Rafa winning all three this year.
First things first. Federer must beat Tommy Robredo and Nadal has to play Philipp Kohlschreiber on Monday.
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