US Open Semi-finals: Preview

can Nadal go further?

Tonight there will be double delight for the Men’s Singles fan around the world as US Open is set to witness two back to back semi-finals featuring Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer starting 9:30 pm IST.

In the first semi-finals of the day (match will start at 12:00 pm local time) Nadal will take on Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. Nadal has never made to the finals of the US Open till now and his best performance has been the semi-finals.

He will strive hard to become the seventh man to earn a career Grand Slam if he grabs this one at New York. But Youzhny has made it clear that he will try to spoil the expectations of the crowd when he takes the court against Nadal.

Will Federer silence his critics?

The second match will feature two great rivals at the Open, Federer and Djokovic. Federer is yet to drop a set here this year and has lost only one match in last 6 years at the US Open. The only loss was at the hands of Del Potro last year. Federer will do everything to get the trophy back to his closet.

He has beaten Djokovic in the semi-finals last time and Djokovic is looking for revenge, “Maybe I would like to face Federer, look for some revenge.” Djokovic has announced that he will go hard as he feels motivated by the fact that Federer was the one who spoiled his chances of taking the title thrice in three years. He stands 5-10 head-to-head against Federer.

If both the favourites of finals win, another history will be made as Federer- Nadal rivalry will expand to all the four Grand Slams. US Open is the only place where Nadal has not met Federer as he never made it to the finals here.

So get ready for the action tonight (in India) as the two semi-finals unfold. I will be tweeting the match live @ajeetbharti on twitter. You can follow me by clicking the follow me on twitter button on the right side-bar.


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