Published: Wed, September 06, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Nadal, Federer Struggle Toward 1st US Open Matchup

Nadal, Federer Struggle Toward 1st US Open Matchup

The world number one brushed aside world number 64 Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2 6-4 6-1 in just an hour and 42 minutes on the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Interestingly, Rublev - who learned tennis from his mother, Marina Marenko - trained with Nadal in Mallorca for a week after the 2014 US Open.

Meanwhile, Nadal has dropped the first set in each of his last two matches.

"To win in straight sets against Feliciano, who's been such a tough competitor over the years, is such a great feeling".

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

This year, we have seen a Nadal, circa ten years ago and even though Dolgopolov has recently come out saying that he is not afraid of Nadal, we think he should take him a bit more serious.

"And then of course I was not flawless, but in every match happened a little bit the same".

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Rublev won 7-5, 7-6, 6-3 to become the youngest man to reach the US Open quarterfinals since Andy Roddick in 2001. And he was pushed to two five-set matches in the first two rounds, which can't be good for a sore back and a 36-year-old body. I don't think much about that.

I felt like I left that match with a lot of regrets.

As Rublev pondered a first Slam quarter-final, the women's draw saw Estonia's World No 418 Kanepi book her place in the last eight of a major for the sixth time. Because when that happens is, of course, the previous round had been a step forward for me and today another one.

"I gonna repeat. You said what I say after, and I gonna repeat the same thing", he told reporters.

He will be taking on 33rd seed, German Philipp Kohlschreiber, who is 0-11 for his career against Federer.

After years of injuries that prevented him from realizing his true greatness, Rafael Nadal is back in the quarterfinals of the US Open. "That's the first time I experienced that".

Andrey Rublev downed David Goffin in straight sets in the fourth round.

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Rublev is just 19 years old and the first "ATP Next Gen" star to make the final eight of a major.

"Of course he's young, and when you are young you feel that everything is new".

The Argentinian took the opening set on a tie-break and it was not until Nadal finally converted his 14th break point to lead 4-3 in the second that the Spaniard turned on the style.

While Nadal and Federer tackle Rublev and Juan Martin del Potro in their respective quarter-final matches, Spanish World No. 19 Pablo Carreno Busta and South African Kevin Anderson have already set up the other semi-final.

"Oh my God", said Del Potro, who had been 2-5 down in the fourth set. "But I was there mentally and fought a lot at the right moments".

Kasatkina got through a testy one with French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, memorable more for the drive-by handshake than the tennis.

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