Nadal hits 50 at US Open as Rublev, Kanepi grab spotlight

Nadal hits 50 at US Open as Rublev, Kanepi grab spotlight

Nadal hits 50 at US Open as Rublev, Kanepi grab spotlight

On the bright side, the 19-time major champion also spent some time drawing a crowd by hitting in Central Park and has put together two straight-set wins in a row against opponents in their 30s.

"I think I had quite high expectations, and obviously I knew I had quite an OK draw, so there was nobody, like, unbeatable for me", Pliskova said.

Monday is the Labor Day holiday in the U.S. and to celebrate the U.S. Open is hosting its first Military Appreciation Day at Flushing Meadows, which will include discounted tickets for the military and appearances by high-ranking officers, who will conduct the ceremonial coin tosses before matches.

He looked ready for Federer or anyone else, breaking the 19-year-old Rublev's serve seven times.

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But it didn't halt his assault as he capped a 6-4 6-2 7-5 victory.

There was no need for a fifth set Monday thanks largely to the No. 3 seed's serve.

For the sixth time, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are each a victory away from finally meeting at the U.S. Open, the only Grand Slam tournament where the rivals have never played each other.

The state of the 36-year-old Federer's physical condition has been a talking point throughout the tournament, because he tweaked his back during a match in August, interrupting his preparation for Flushing Meadows.

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Having been well below his best in five-set wins over Frances Tiafoe and Mikhail Youzhny in the first two rounds, Federer appeared to have shrugged off concerns over his form by easing past Feliciano Lopez.

He will face Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals. He will face Federer in the quarterfinals. "I will try to do my best - I have nothing to lose", Rublev said.

Del Potro long has been popular, but became even more so since returning from three operations on his left wrist that kept him out of Grand Slam action for two years and sent his ranking out of the top 100.

During the on-court interview at Arthur Ashe Stadium afterward, Federer said with a laugh at the break before the third set Monday night was because he "just needed a bit of a rub on my back or my bottom and I didn't want to do it on court".

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