Federer and Nadal move within sight of landmark meeting

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It also represented a newfound dominance in this year's event after his straight-sets win over Feliciano Lopez in the third round. "Feel like I would probably win it somehow", Federer said. They met in the 2009 U.S. Open final, when del Potro won his only Grand Slam title and ended Federer's run of five championships in a row in NY.

He looked ready for Federer or anyone else, breaking the 19-year-old Rublev's serve seven times.

3 defeated the German 6-4 6-2 7-5 in one hour and 49 minutes. He will be Nadal's fifth straight unseeded opponent.

Rafael Nadal cruised into the US Open quarter-finals on Monday by defeating Ukraine's 64th-ranked Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Madison Keys, one of four Americans in the quarterfinals this year, plays Estonian qualifier Kaia Kanepi, who is back to her best after nearly two years off the courts because of an injury and a virus. Federer said he was anxious about his movement in his first-round match against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe, then had timing issues in his second-rounder against 35-year-old Russian Mikhail Youzhny - and both of those contests went five sets.

Monday's match represented more head-to-head dominance for the 19-time major victor, who has never lost in his career against Kohlschreiber.




Federer is making his 12th U.S. Open quarterfinal appearance, which is tied with Ivan Lendl for third-most such appearances by a man in the Open Era - trailing Jimmy Connors' 17 and Andre Agassi's 13, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

While Federer eased into the fourth round, 24th seed Del Potro battled through five sets against Austrian Dominic Thiem and his flat forehand could prove lethal against the former world No 1. He will face Federer in the quarterfinals.

The 15-time Grand Slam champion, who had not made the US Open last eight since capturing the 2013 title, set up a last-eight meeting with teenager Andrey Rublev. I think we're both looking forward to it.

"I knew a great new generation coming and Andrey is one of these players that have a great future and I wish him all the best", Nadal said, after clinching his spot in his 26th grand slam semi-final.

Pliskova, who lost to Angelique Kerber in the 2016 final, needed to get back to the final to remain atop the WTA rankings.

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