Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and the US Open: three nouns you will hear a lot and read about in the next few days, coming from all outlets sports and tennis.
The US Open 2010 is now on its semis stages.
There are only four days left until we find out who will go against the always-present Federer in the Finals on September 12 (September 13, Manila Time).
It could be a Nadal versus someone else this year, sure, but we say this with such conviction, it might very well be the anticipated Federer-Nadal finals match-up.
Their player brackets indicate it. Tennis fans want to see it. Both have good reasons to win it.
Fate itself is fast telling us to get our hopes up. Never have the odds ever been so clear for Roger and Rafa to face each other in the finals, indicated by these matter-of-facts:
Two top-seeded Andys are out this early
Sunday saw fourth-seeded and British favorite Andy Murray unexpectedly got knocked off by No. 25 Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round.
American’s own Andy Roddick is also out this early, losing to 44th-ranked Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia in the 2nd round. Murray is coming off a Grand Slam potential year before this loss, while Roddick is a 2003 US Open Champion.
Nadal's first chance at becoming a grand slam champion starts here
The US Open title is the one remaining Grand Slam trophy Rafael Nadal has yet to win, thanks mainly to the emergence of a certain rival.
“Roger is always there,” says the 24-year old prodigy. But here’s the odd part: The two have faced each other 21 times but none ever took place at the US Open. If they do square off in NYC this year, it’ll be in the finals.
Nadal has been winning rounds in straight sets
The Spanish favorite once again knocked an opponent off in a straight set, defeating 42nd-ranked Gilles Simon in the third round with scores of 6-4, 6-4, and 6-2.
Nadal also sent home Denis Istomin in the second round and Teimuraz Gavashbili in the first round in straight sets. If the No. 1-ranked player keeps the sweep in the fourth round, he will have an easy route to the finals.
Del Potro will not defend his US Open title this year
Defending US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro could easily reign alongside Nadal and Federer in the list of favorites if it wasn’t for a right wrist injury that has been bothering the Argentine since the Australian Open.
The tenth-seeded player has confirmed his comeback will take place at the Thailand Open, which means the USTA will crown a new champion this year.
The Flushing Meadows has been awfully kind to the Fed-Express
Roger Federer has championed the US Open for an astounding five consecutive years before finally being trumped by Juan Martin Del Potro last year, who is ironically, not competing this year.
So who’s to say it will be the Swiss player’s year once again? Certainly not Rafael Nadal, who aims to finally reach the finals of the US Open for the first time in his career.
But come finals time, we're betting on...
Roger Federer to win this thing. The Swiss phenom easily got rid of Robin Soderling - the last remaining threat to a Federer-Nadal finals - on Wednesday night's quarterfinals match.
Rafael leads their overall head-to-head series 14-7, but Roger has an unprecedented record of 5-1 in all US Open Finals appearances, and NYC is undoubtedly his home turf. All the same, we would be ecstatic just to see two tennis greats duke it out for the nth time.
WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO