Rafa and Roger on course for a semi-final clash

The No. 1 and No. 3 seeds, Rafael Nadal from Spain and Roger Federer from Switzerland, who between them have amassed an impressive 34 Grand Slam titles, are still on course for a semi-final clash on the Arther Ashe Stadium at this year’s US Open Tennis tournament in New York.

In third round action yesterday, Nadal needed four sets to defeat Leonardo Mayer of Argentina, 6-7(3) 6-3 6-1 6-4, to set up a fourth round clash with Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine, who defeated Viktor Troicki of Serbia, 6-1 6-0 6-4.

Federer had his first “easier” match of the tournament, when he sailed past another Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez, 6-3 6-3 7-5. Next up for the Fed will be Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, who defeated John Millman of Australia, 7-5 6-2 6-4.

Other players contending the top half of the Men’s draw include David Goffin, Dominic Thiem and Juan Martin Del Potro.

From a South African point of view, Kevin Anderson, who is in the bottom half of the draw, will take on Paolo Lorenzi of Italy in today’s fourth round action. Anderson could well find himself up against the American, Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals. Querrey defeated him in five thrilling sets at Wimbledon earlier this year.