Rafael Nadal met the press Saturday at the US Open, and among the topics was a possible showdown with Roger Federer in the semifinals. The two have never met in New York and after losing to the Swiss at the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami, Nadal would like to avoid Federer if possible!
“I prefer to play against another one,” Nadal said. “Is obvious, no?”
“The real thing, I prefer to play against another player, an easier one if it’s possible.
“I know you want to hear the other way, that I would love to play with him. No, of course I understand that gonna be great for our history. Is true that we played in all Grand Slam finals. We never played here and for sure this year we are not going to play in finals. Finals are more special than semifinals, in that case.
“But anyway, meeting him here in semifinals with Roger, if that happens that will be something great and amazing.”
Nadal is also fighting with Federer to hang on to his No. 1 ranking.
“I’m here at the US Open, and doesn’t matter if I No. 1 or not,” Nadal said. “Today, only thing that matters is try to work well and try to be ready for the first match and try to play a good US Open. That’s my goal.”
Nadal, who is the top seed at the US Open for the first time since 2010 when he won the title, opens play Tuesday afternoon against Dusan Lajovic.
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