Nadal to head into US Open as World No1

Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts after taking a game from Frances Tiafoe of the United States during the U.S. Open tennis tournament Tuesday Aug. 29 2017 in New York

The run enjoyed by Federer and 37-year-old American Venus Williams, a finalist at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, has prompted many to ask whether a 40-year could soon walk off with one of the four grand slam titles. The Spaniard said he would rather not have Federer in his semi-final path, should they get that far.

"I'm trying to be aggressive, trying to take the time away from my opponents, especially when I play someone like Roger, Rafa, where you have to be the aggressor on the court".

Federer pulled out of his last tournament in Cincinnati two weeks ago with a bad back but says he's fine now.

After missing the second half of last season with a knee problem, Federer has won five titles this year, including the Australian Open and Wimbledon trophies.

There are few bigger global stars in sport than Roger Federer and the Swiss is virtually universally adored by fans around the world.

That is the number of times the two have faced each other in a tennis court. The lone down side is the two are on the same side of the draw, meaning they would have to square off in the semifinals.

No. 5 Marin Cilic, the 2014 champion, shifts to Murray's slot in the bracket and takes on the man who was supposed to face Murray in the first round, Tennys Sandgren of the United States.

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"I know it's going to be very hard, with obviously so many girls playing for this (No. 1) position", Pliskova said. We never played here and for sure this year we are not going to play in finals.

"At last, Federer is comfortable playing Nadal", seven-time major victor Mats Wilander told Sports Illustrated.

'I think it's an interesting first round, you know, ' he said in his pre-tournament press conference.

With three of the world's top-five players injured and out of the year's final Grand Slam - Serbia's Novak Djokovic, Swiss 2016 victor Stan Wawrinka and former world number one Andy Murray - the stage is set for a new generation's rising star. "Sounds very good, but the real thing [is], I prefer to play against another player, an easier one [player] if it's possible", he said. "But anyway, meeting him here in semi-finals, if that happens that will be something great and unbelievable".

"Hopefully it will be a night session", he said.

The tennis world converges on Queens today for day one of the US Open. For me, I think about Dusan Lajovic. World number eight Dominic Thiem, a semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2016 and 2017, has never got beyond the last 16 in NY.

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