March 21 2018

Spain's Nadal Named Top Seed at US Open

March 21 2018, 10:24 | Sammy Rose

The former World No 1 has won three grand slams in a calendar year three times before, but not since 2007.

The other Masters 1000 victor in the build-up to Flushing Meadows at Cincinnati, Dimitrov is back in the world's top-10 and looking in great shape. She won the tournament in 2006. While this may affect the gaze of the casual fan, it gives a lot of other players a chance.

"Murray also doesn't have the game like Fed where he can just pick up after not playing for months, and be sharp".

Then he will seek a first triumph at Flushing Meadows since 2008, he will stand before a table bereft of numerous best players of the circuit male.

Swiss star Federer, a 19-time Grand Slam champion, and world number one Nadal, a 15-time Grand Slam victor, said on Saturday (Aug 26) they would enjoy adding a showdown on the NY hardcourts to their historic rivalry, which the Spaniard leads 23-14. Since he first won in 2004, Federer has stumbled out before the quarterfinals just once, and the only tournament he missed was previous year. "It's easy to get up for these matches".

Asked how she felt when she heard the draw, Halep said: "My reaction was normal, because this year I had very tough draws every time nearly". But by the time the couple left Sochi, the resort city on the Black Sea, for Germany, as the Soviet Union was collapsing, Irina was spending most of her time with their son, Mischa, who was then four. His fifth and now final triumph came in 2008, where he beat Roddick and Djokovic before easing past Andy Murray in the Brit's first major final.

The Scot edged the first two sets but Djokovic hit back to level and it seemed Murray might miss out on the big prize again.

Thereafter Murray is seeded to meet Argentina's Diego Schwartzman in the third round, France's Lucas Pouille in the fourth and France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals.

Federer, who has been enjoying a remarkable campaign after missing the last six months of 2016 to heal his knee, would face two-times champion and long-time rival Nadal in the semi-finals should the top half of the draw go according to seed.

Kyle Edmund, who overnight lost 1-6 7-5 6-3 in the semi-final of the Winston-Salem Open to Bosnia's Damir Dzhumur, faces Dutch number one Robin Haase, while Aljaz Bedene tackles young Russian Andrey Rublev. Nadal hasn't exactly been the lights out player he was since winning that tournament, and he's coming off a match in which he won just 27 percent of his return points. Last year's US Open saw the American make his breakthrough; this year could see him assert his status as a star of the future.

Pictured: Rafael co-hosting an exclusive cocktail event with Cosentino at Cosentino City Manhattan on Tuesday (August 22) in New York City.

Elina Svitolina is another recent victor, picking up the title in Toronto and with five titles overall this year, she looks to be a serious contender also. Lajovic has split his last eight matches on hard court. Nadal's section also features Tomas Berdych, Fabio Fognini, Gael Monfils, and Cincinnati champion Grigor Dimitrov.

But there must be question marks over how Federer's body will stand up to seven best-of-five-sets matches while Nadal, despite taking over from Murray as world number one this week, has suffered some unexpected losses since winning a 10th French Open.

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