Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer close in on historic first meeting at U.S. Open 2017

By: Marius Hrebenciuc

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The Federer-Nadal rivalry, known colloquially as Fedal, is arguably the greatest rivalry in tennis history. This year has been an excellent year for these two giants, as for the first time since 2010 both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer bagged the first three Grand Slams of the year between them. Actually, this year is called the ‘rebirth’ as both players entered into the 2017 Australian Open final on the back of injury-ravaged years and both rediscovered their best form. Feel free to check our best tennis predictions and tips here.

Roger Federer has more Grand Slams than any male player in the tennis history with 18 under his belt, while Rafael Nadal is in second place with 15. These two players had settled into a bit of a pattern, as Federer would win almost all of the high-profile grass and hard court titles, while Nadal would smash any player on clay. The Spaniard made French Open history with 10th title this summer and he did that in fashion, having won the tournament without dropping a single set. Nadal has never lost a final at the French Open and his 79-2 record in Paris is the best in the Roland Garros history.

These two have played 37 times, most recently in the final of the 2017 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami, and Rafael Nadal leads this 13-year-old rivalry with an overall record of 23-14. Of these 37 games, 19 have been on hard court, 15 on clay and just three on grass. Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer in five consecutive meetings between 2013 to 2014, but the Swiss looked much better of late. Federer has already beaten Nadal three times this year, including their five-set thrilling meeting in the Australian Open final.

The most interesting fact is that their compelling 37-match rivalry has never reached the U.S. Open and a 38th instalment of the Nadal-Federer could make it a dream semifinal if both men advance.

Rafael Nadal will take on the 19-year-old Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals, but it has to be said the Russian has already caused two upsets throughout the tournament, beating the likes of Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin.

Meanwhile, Roger Federer will play the 2009 U.S. Open Champion Juan Martin del Potro, who produced one of the best comebacks in US Open history on Monday as he fought back from two-sets down and even saved two match points to beat Dominic Thiem 3-2 despite feeling ill and feverish.

Both living legends are in excellent form at the moment, and if they are to meet in the Semi-finals, the winner of the tie will probably win the 2017 U.S. Open title.

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