Tennis – Second seeded Swiss Roger Federer believes that a Grand Slam event without fierce rival Rafael Nadal isn’t as exciting, but he is definitely not complaining. Speaking ahead of the US Open, the 17-time Grand Slam champions said, "I’m more disappointed for the fans, his fans, and the tournament.
For us, the players, I mean, we hope he gets well and he feels better quickly and all these things and he’s back on tour soon. But at the same time, I think what stands out is the opportunity, to try to take advantage of him, the fact that he’s not here.
It’s one less really difficult player to beat maybe." Federer and Nadal have never played each other at Flushing Meadows, the only significant tournament that has not played host to their famous rivalry. Nadal is 23-10 lifetime against Federer.
The Spaniard has won their last five meetings, including a straight-sets win at the Australian Open in January. The US Open is the only Grand Slam event where Rafa and the Swiss have never played one another and it certainly won’t happen this year either.
Over the course of their storied careers, the two have met one another 33 times, with Rafa coming out on top on 23 of those matches.