After Saturday’s U.S. Open semifinal matches, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could be set to face off in the finals of a Grand Slam for the eighth time, a match between the best two active players in tennis, and two of the 15 most decorated players of all time.
Of their 21 matches, 10 of them have gone to extra sets or set tiebreakers. Between them, they own 21 grand slams and 96 titles. Between another matchup, though, is Youzhny, who will take on Nadal, and No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic, who will face Federer.
“Of course, as the best two players in the world, they are the most dominant in the last five, six years. Biggest favorites to get into the finals and I’m sure that the crowd wants them in the finals,” Djokovic said. “But, you know, I will try not to make that happen.”
With the anticipation surrounding the world No. 1 and world No. 2, Djokovic doesn’t have to answer questions about the past three times he has faced, and fell to Federer at the U.S. Open. About the past three years, where had the opportunity to be the spoiler.