Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer won’t meet at the US Open this year. Nadal won his match Monday in four sets over Philipp Kohlschreiber but Federer wasn’t so fortunate getting shocked by Rafa’s countryman Tommy Robredo who shocked the Swiss 76, 63, 64.
Nadal, though, still holds some hope that he may meet Federer at some point in the future in New York. But he realizes they are both getting older.
“To be honest, going to be great if we were able to play that final, because I felt that our rivalry for so many years we were able to play in all the best scenarios, stadiums, around the world,” Federer said. “Played the rest. Three finals of the Grand Slams. So probably that deserves to have that match here in the US Open, too, the biggest court of the world. But didn’t happen. That doesn’t mean cannot happen in the future. We’ll see. Hopefully. But is true that we are getting older, so the chances are less today than five years ago.”
Even without Federer, Nadal will have plenty of company in the quarters. No fewer than two other of his countrymen – Robredo and David Ferrer – are in the final eight with a chance of Marcel Granollers to join them.
“I think it’s great,” Nadal said about the Spanish success. “Is great that we were able today to win very hard matches, all of us, in a very tough conditions. That’s because we really were ready for the fight. David is always a fighter. Tommy is always the same. It’s unbelievable what he’s doing after a year without having the chance to play tennis.
“Surgery, you know. He’s not younger anymore,” Nadal said of Robredo. “To be back at the level he’s playing, you feel the passion and the love for the sport. That’s always a great example for the rest of the players and a great example for the kids. What he’s doing is great. I hope he stop here. But is great. I am happy for him because he deserve. He wanted a lot to be back.”
So far this year Rafa’s won 19 straight matches on hardcourts.
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