The semi-finals of the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York will feature some familiar faces when play resumes on Saturday afternoon. Number 1 seeded Rafael Nadal earned a birth in the semis with a victory in straight sets over fellow countryman Fernando Verdasco. Nadal appeared to be on top of his game with the easy victory but surprisingly may not be favored to win the tournament. Nadal must now face Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the semi-final round that has plagued him throughout his U.S. Open career. Rafael Nadal has lost in the semis the last two years and has failed to ever take the U.S. Open title, the only major tournament that he has yet to win. If Nadal manages to make it past the semis, he will have to face an even greater test before he can claim his career grand slam. On the other side of the bracket sits none other than Roger Federer who is looking to add to his already illustrious trophy collection and No. 3 seeded Novak Djokovic who is always in title contention.
As a fan of tennis, I am looking forward to Saturday’s matches and the prospect of seeing another Nadal-Federer instant classic. Nadal is now the world’s number one player but Roger Federer has refused to fade away from the spotlight. Just when it looked like possibly the games all-time greatest player may be losing a step, he once again continues his winning ways and in quite spectacular fashion. In his first round match of the U.S. Open Federer hit a winner between his legs, leaving his opponent in position to do nothing more then shrug at the unbelievable shot. If in fact Nadal and Federer go on to meet in the final, Federer would be my pick to once again hoist the trophy. At this point, the numbers simply speak for themselves.
U.S. Open Titles:
Roger Federer- 5
Rafael Nadal- 0