By Chris Oddo / Thursday, August 22, 2013
The U.S. Open men's singles draw was released on Thursday in New York, and once again Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are slated to meet in the quarterfinals. The pair met last week in the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Masters, with Nadal coming out on top in three sets, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could meet in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time at the U.S. Open.
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The two icons, who hold 29 Grand Slam titles between them, have never met in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam. They were slated to do so at Wimbledon this summer, but both players were upset before the third round.
Nadal, seeded second, holds a 21-10 career record against Federer, and a 7-6 record on hard courts against the seventh-seeded Swiss.
Nadal, who has won 15 consecutive hard court matches in 2013, will open his U.S. Open campaign against Ryan Harrison of the U.S. The 21-year-old American wild card owns a 0-19 record against top 10 opposition, and is 0-1 against Nadal.
Federer will face Grega Zemlja of Slovenia in the first round. Federer owns a 2-0 career record against the world No. 61.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic will start his U.S. Open against Ricardis Berankis of Lithuania, while defending U.S. Open champion Andy Murray will begin against Michael Llodra of France.
The men's singles quarterfinals, if the seeds hold, will be as follows:
Top Half: Djokovic vs. Del Potro, Murray vs. Berdych
Bottom Half: Ferrer vs. Gasquet, Nadal vs. Federer
Click here for the official U.S. Open men's singles draw