Nadal Rises as Federer Stumbles at US Open Semis

Sorry folks, the first-ever US Open meeting between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will not be happening this year. The top two seeds at Flushing Meadows this year had contrasting results in their semifinal assignments, preventing once again the top two players today from meeting for the first time in the tournament.

Nadal, the top seed, quickly completed his part of the bargain by defeating no.12 Mikhail Youzhny in the first semifinal, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, and reach his first US Open final. However, second-seeded Federer could not hold on to a two-sets-to-one lead, allowing third seed Novak Djokovic to rally for a five-set shocker, 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.

Nadal will aim for his first US Open title and complete a career Grand Slam tomorrow with a hungry Djokovic standing in his way. Both players have not won a title at Flushing Meadows, although Nadal is considered the odds-on bet to end his US Open drought not only because of the Spaniard’s superior skills but also due to questions about whether Djokovic is not yet running on empty after the 3-hour, 44-minute semifinal against Federer.