Both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal won in straight sets on Monday against Philipp Kohlschreiber and Alexandr Dolgopolov to keep hopes alive for a potential jaw-dropping Semifinal contest in this year’s US Open.
With many tennis enthusiasts believing the winner of this year’s final Grand Slam tournament will come from their bracket, the top seeds have failed to dissapoint.
Each of Federer’s first two matches in Flushing were five-setters, but the 36-year-old has put any questions of fatigue beyond doubt as his victories over Feliciano Lopez and Philipp Kohlschreiber on Saturday and Monday respectively have come in less than two hours.
Federer only dropped six points on his five service games, breaking once to take the first set 6-4. In the second set, Federer broke Kohlschreiber twice, riding his serve to a 6-2 set win, losing just four points in four service games.
The third set was indifferent, with Federer not giving Kohlschreiber any opportunities. The two each held serve until 5-5, when Federer broke. He then wrapped up the match on his serve. In all, Federer dropped 13 points on his 15 service games and didn’t face a break point all match.
“I didn’t know that, but I felt like I didn’t drop my serve and that was a first in this tournament and that was a great feeling because one break wins you a set,” Federer said on court after the match.
Federer now poses a 12/12 record against Kohlschreiber and has only dropped 3 of 30 sets in their head-to-head meetings.
Federer is just a win away from reaching the semifinals in his seventh consecutive Grand Slam appearance, dating back to 2015.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal on the other hand dispatched Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2 6-4 6-1 with a very diminant display to reach the US Open quarter-finals in just a minute above the 100 minutes mark on Monday.
Nadal dominated all facets of Monday’s match, never dropping a service game and committing only 11 unforced errors while racking up 23 winners and breaking Dolgopolov six times.
Nadal’s dominant serves made Dolgopolov look very helpless. Nadal’s serves were boosted by courts made faster due to sunny conditions at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The blitz was too much for the unseeded Dolgopolov, who was never comfortable enough to unleash his unconventional game that features unexpected drop shots and bold net approaches.
“I think I played a solid match. I played without making many mistakes,” Nadal told the crowd in an on-court interview.
Standing in the way of the much anticipated semifinal match between Nadal and Federer is 19-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev who beat Belgian ninth seed David Goffin.
Other Results from yesterday’s fixtures
Juan Martin del Potro vs Dominic Thiem 1-6, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(1), 6-4
Andrey Rublev vs David Goffin 7-5, 7-6(5), 6-3
Karolina Pliskova vs Jennifer Brady 6-1, 6-0
Coco Vandeweghe vs Lucie Safarova 6-4, 7-6(2)
Daria Kasatkina vs Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 4-6
Elina Svitolina vs Madison Keys (2)6-7, 6-1, 4-6