Nadal, Federer move up in US Open
by FFE EU News staff
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer move up to the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday. Their wins anticipate a possible first-ever matchup between the two on the American tennis tournament.
Spanish second seed Nadal set a career-best hard court win streak with his match against 38th seed Croatian Ivan Dodig, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. Nadal said “I started the match with the right intensity. I think I played my best match of the week so far.”
Swiss 7th seed Federer meanwhile defeated 63rd French left-hander Adrian Mannarino with 8 aces and 34 winners, 6-3, 6-0, 6-2. He said “I was able to play a great match. I was very pleased about the outcome. I was able to really use my serve well, because it was breezy. I had a bit more variation than him, which helped increase the margin.”
Nadal at the 2013 US Open. Telegraph.co.uk
But before their potential quarter-final showdown, the superstars must face their respective personal matchups at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Nadal will next face 22nd seed Philipp Kohlschreiber, who defeated US 13th seed John Isner. Nadal is 9-1 against the German, but both expect a good match.
Spanish 19th seed Tommy Robredo is Federer’s next match. Robredo has lost all 10 matches he has played against the Swiss star, but Federer expects a tough match.
Roger Federer at the 2013 US Open. source: Washington Post
On women’s singles, two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka advanced in three sets while Slovak Daniela Hantuchova reached her last 16. Grand Slam winners Petra Kvitova and Svetlana Kuznetsova and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki were defeated.
Azarenka won against French 26th Alize Cornet 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 6-2. Her next match will be against Serbian 13th seed Ana Ivanovic.
US wildcard and 81st seed Alison Riske defeated Czech seventh Kvitova, who had a fever, 6-3, 6-0. Riske will next face 48th seeder Hantuchova, who struggled with a sore shoulder but defeated Israeli qualifier Julia Glushko 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/4).
Italian 83rd seed Flavia Pannetta defeated Russian 27th seeder Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-1. She will next face Romania’s Simona Halep who is on her first last 16 by winning against Russian 14th Maria Kirilenko 6-1, 6-0.
21-year-old Italian Camila Giorgi, ranked 136th, stunned Danish sixth seed Wozniacki 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Next up for Giorgi is 10th seed compatriot Roberta Vinci.