And the twain never met: Rafa vs Roger at US Open only a dream

Sep 03, 2013, 23:56 IST | AFP

Rafael Nadal believes that facing Roger Federer at the US Open might have to remain just wishful thinking after the worrying decline of the Swiss superstar continued in New York.

Federer, the winner of a record 17 Grand Slam titles, fell to Spanish 19th seed Tommy Robredo 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-4 in the fourth round.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Ferrer, Nadal in Last 8
“To be honest, it’s going to be great if we were able to play a final because I felt that in our rivalry for so many years we were able to play in all the best scenarios, stadiums, around the world,” said Nadal, who reached the quarter-finals with a 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The two men have played four finals at the French Open, three at Wimbledon and one at the Australian Open. “It didn’t happen. That doesn’t mean it cannot happen in the future. We’ll see. Hopefully. But it is true that we are getting older, so the chances are less today than five years ago.”

Meanwhile, Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer reached the quarter-finals on Monday with a 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/3) win over Serbian 18th seed Janko Tipsarevic. Ferrer will face Richard Gasquet or Milos Raonic for a place in the semi-finals. 

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