Roger Federer reacts to Novak Djokovic landing in his US Open quarter

Roger Federer reacts to Novak Djokovic landing in his US Open quarter

Roger Federer reacts to Novak Djokovic landing in his US Open quarter

Roger Federer heads to the U.S. Open as third favourite behind longtime rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal after a season that has nose-dived since he won the Australian Open at the start of the year.

Nadal overwhelmed Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to win his third championship at Flushing Meadows and second Slam title of the year. The quirky but speedy slugger won it past year with nothing to lose, and now the pressure will be on.

Reigning champion Stephens, who lost to Halep in the final at Roland Garros, is a career-high third in the world rankings and while the 25-year-old has worked hard to shed her reputation as a nervous player, she will face the pressure of trying to defend a Grand Slam title for the first time. You know, the rain and the two matches on Friday, I think it was, was a lot, you know. Djokovic just beat Federer in Cincinnati in straight sets and is coming off winning Wimbledon last month.

"It's a wonderful feeling".

"There was a period in my tennis career where I felt just playing one Grand Slam, my first Aussie Open, was incredible and now I've nearly hit the 20-mark and just to play another Grand Slam, you can't take it for granted". I have won some and lost some close ones here in NY.

If she harnesses all that brute power and her wrists are healthy, Keys, a 2017 Open finalist, could win this whole thing. Nine of those 12 at the majors have been in finals with the pair never having met before the semi-finals.

"He is in a very good place and I think making the final at Flushing Meadows past year was a massive breakthrough", Glover said.

"I'm not the favorite, they are - Rafa and Novak, in my opinion", the 37-year-old said after losing in Cincinnati.

Federer also knows that the clock is ticking.


For Nadal, who has claimed 11 French Open titles in his career, earning himself the title of "King of Clay", trophies on the US Open's hard courts have been harder to come by - relatively speaking. Davidson believes his results since reaching the final at Flushing Meadows previous year prove he can cause an upset.

The draw has done Federer no favors in his pursuit of a sixth US Open title.

"I was thinking about that: Why (did) they cheer so much for her?" So I stand here pretty happy, to be quite honest.

"It's a special time because we definitely got spoiled. It hasn't the last couple years, but it's all good", said the Swiss legend who begins against injury-plagued Japanese left-hander Yoshihito Nishioka.

If you look at the pathways both players would take towards the final, the road is much easier for Nadal. "He is definitely playing well enough to do it this year". When he plays with Federer, with Djokovic, with (Dominic) Thiem, those games in which the best Nadal is demanded, I enjoy them. "Against all sorts of players, not only the big four". The US Open could break the tie and decide who has had the best year, and might even determine who bags the year end No. 1 ranking.

Croat Marin Cilic and Argentine Juan Martin del Potro complete the ranks of former winners who will attempt to reclaim the title, while Alexander Zverev's decision to hire Ivan Lendl as his coach also offers up an intriguing prospect.

Most of the focus will be on the power trip of top-seeded Nadal, the defending champion in NY, second-seeded Federer, and sixth-seeded Djokovic. Wawrinka, a three-time major champ who won the 2016 U.S. Open, faces No. 8 seed Grigor Dimitrov to get things started in Ashe - Wawrinka beat Dimitrov in the first round at Wimbledon - followed by Venus Williams vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova in a matchup of past titlists in NY.

Nadal stormed to victory previous year in a field weakened by the absence of several top 10 players, but to win a fourth U.S. Open title he will have to outlast seven former champions.

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