By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter
NEW YORK — It isn’t going to happen. Not at the US Open at least. No less of a pundit than John McEnroe has proclaimed it. Fedal simply wasn’t meant to be in New York.
That is Federer-Nadal. They have incredibly never played in the US Open and it seemed as though they would meet in the Final this year, but Federer was derailed by Grigor Dimitrov in the quarters.
It was the first win ever by the Bulgarian over the Swiss master.
Federer has not won the Open since 2008. Nadal, at age 33 appears to have an easy ride to this Sunday’s Final and his 19th career Grand Slam victory. Federer has 20 and Novak Djokovic 16.
Nadal also will most likely win at least 2 more French Opens on clay, his best surface in his brilliant career. This year ranks up with 2013 as what appeared to be the best chance at a meeting and perhaps the most expensive tennis ticket ever in New York.
In 2013, Federer was also upset in the quarters, that time in straight sets by Tommy Robredo. Nadal won the event. Age definitely appeared to have taken its toll on Federer this year in New York.
The 38 year old seemed drained in the 5th and deciding set against the younger Dimitrov, who it has been said, models his game and especially his prolific one handed backhand after that of Federer.
Or perhaps it was still a hangover from his dramatic loss, despite holding two match points on his serve, to Djokovic in the epic Wimbledon Final in July.
Federer denies that such loss had an impact on his early US Open exit this year and will next compete at the Laver Cup in Geneva later this month, among other events.
He still has a strong competitive spirit.
Federer and Nadal have had their greatest battles at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open and perhaps they could meet at one of those events in 2020. One never knows if Federer will extend his career beyond 2020.
As for the US Open, it just does not appear to be an event ordained by the tennis Gods.Tennis fans in New York are the biggest losers in that regard.