US Open glance: Federer, Nadal can set up 1st US Open clash

US Open glance: Federer, Nadal can set up 1st US Open clash

US Open glance: Federer, Nadal can set up 1st US Open clash

"If it's Roger Federer, of course I am excited to play that match, and of course it's special to play against him here in NY for the first time in our career", Nadal said.

Rublev broke into the top 100 for the first time in June and is now No.53, having won 13 of his last 17 matches.

"I wanted to get it done as quick as possible, so Philipp wouldn't have to wait". Federer notched a devastating break to move up 4-3 in the first after he fell behind 40-0 in the game.

"Rafa is a real champion. I will try to do my best - I have nothing to lose", Rublev said.

"It was impossible to win today", said the Belgian.

The closer Rafael Nadal gets to a potential long-awaited U.S. Open matchup with Roger Federer, the better he is playing.

Federer now faces Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter finals who he has beaten 16 of 21 times the pair have met.

Federer was to play No. 24 seed Juan Martin del Potro later Wednesday in a matchup of former champions.

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Federer took a medical timeout fore a sore back after the second set and otherwise showed no signs of trouble.

The 32-year-old Kanepi, a former world number 15 whose career was nearly ended by illness and a crippling injury, downed Russia's Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 6-4. Madison Keys could raise the total to four by winning her fourth-rounder later Monday.

It will be Kanepi's sixth quarter-final at the majors and second in NY after also reaching the last eight in 2010.

"It was a great match for me against Philipp, he can be very tough but I protected my serve very well and that helped me tonight".

In 2016, she appeared just once in Rabat as she battled the effects of Epstein-Barr virus and then painful plantar fasciitis in both feet.

The first match of the day will see women's world No 1 Karolina Pliskova, who demolished Jennifer Brady 6-1 6-0 in the previous round, face off against another American when she plays 20th seed Coco Vandeweghe. I was done in three minutes and back again.

Pliskova will next face American 20th seed CoCo Vandeweghe, who made the last eight for the first time by beating Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 7-6 (7/2).

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