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US Open 2017: Federer would love to play Nadal in semi-finals

New York: Roger Federer has played Rafael Nadal at every Grand Slam event except the US Open and both legends predicted a great night should they meet in this year's semi-finals.

Swiss star Federer, a 19-time Grand Slam champion, and world number one Nadal, a 15-time Grand Slam winner, said Saturday they would enjoy adding a showdown on the New York hardcourts to their historic rivalry, which the Spaniard leads 23-14.
"I'd be happy to play him here," Federer said on Saturday. "We never played in New York so I think that would be fun for everybody involved.
"There are 60-plus players in between us that don't agree in our section that we should make it to the semis. We have our work cut out there. But I'd love to play Rafa here in New York. Hopefully that would be a great atmosphere and one again where we play great like at the Australian Open. I don't think we're both thinking that far ahead. I'm sure it will be a nice prospect," he said.
Federer, 36, defeated Nadal, 31, in this year's Australian Open final, improving to 3-7 against the Spaniard in Slam finals. Nadal, for his part, says that he would much rather not face Federer in the semi-finals.
"If I am in semifinals, I prefer to play against another one. Is obvious. Sounds very good, but the real thing, I prefer to play against another player, an easier one if it's possible," Nadal said with a smile.
He added: "Of course I understand that's going to be great for our history. Is true that we played in all Grand Slam finals. We never played here... meeting here in semifinals with Roger, if that happens, that will be something great and amazing."
Federer says he has recovered from the back injury that kept him out of Cincinnati two weeks ago, saying: "I've been on the practice courts since last week. I've been playing sets the last few days and I'm really happy how I'm feeling."agencies
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