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Nadal, Federer Continue Quest For Glory in Day 10 of 2017 US Open

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Top seeds Rafael Nadal, Karolina Pliskova as well as Roger Federer will take center stage as the US Open gradually comes to an end.

Nadal has been in imperious form over the course of his four matches dropping just two sets at this year’s US Open.

The Spaniard gave a flawless display in his Round 4 match against Alexandr Dolgopolov, winning 82% of his first serve points, making just 11 unforced errors and saving the only two break points he faced.

He’ll next face19-year-old Andrey Rublev, the World No. 53 and a rising star who was outside the world’s top 100 as recently as June.

“Now I have Rublev in front. Maximum respect for him and going to be a tough one,” said the 15-time Grand Slam champion.

“He played great matches already, winning against Grigor Dimitrov, and against David Goffin in straight sets. It’s not a moment to talk about Federer for me.”

Roger Federer will take on 24th seed Juan Martin del Potro in the other quarter final match scheduled for today.

It is going to be a rematch of the 2009 final, where Del Potro recorded his only Grand Slam victory over the Swiss maestro.

Roger Federer came into the tournament with a back injury and was forced to five-setters in his first two matches against American teenage sensation Frances Tiafoe and Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny.

Revenge is not on his mind against  Del Potro, but Federer’s defeat by the Argentine in 2009 must have been very heartbreaking.

“I felt like I left that match with a lot of regrets,” said the Swiss. “Probably feels like one of those matches I would like to play over again.

“I mean, look, I was not too disappointed I don’t think because I had a great run, winning I think French, Wimbledon, birth of my girls. Making the finals here was actually a good run.

“But it ended my five-year reign here in New York.”

Del Potro, 28, will be hoping that massage and a day’s rest will be enough to restore his energy in time to challenge an enormously in-form Federer.

Del Potro came back from two sets down to beat Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem in five thrilling sets.

Del Potro said “we cannot do magic” after battling through illness to beat Thiem in an extraordinary quarter-final, adding: “I will see how physically I feel after this battle.”

“It’s always a pleasure to play the greatest guy in history,” Del Potro said of the rematch.

“I admire him, too. Everybody loves him. It’s going to be an interesting match to play.”

It is eight years since Del Potro stunned then five-time defending champion Federer in the final at Flushing Meadows to win his only major title to date.

The prospect of a first New York meeting with Federer should they both win is not about to distract Nadal.

Federer dominated in Flushing Meadows earlier in his career, winning the title five years consecutively between 2004 and 2008.

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