Federer is bidding for a 20th major and third of the year
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Nadal, Federer set to pounce at injury-hit U.S. OpenTheir rivalry has stretched 13 years and 37 matches but Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have never met at the U.S. Open, an anomaly that seems certain to be corrected after a host of rivals limped out of contention.Federer, the five-time U.S. champion from 2004-08, is bidding for a 20th major and third of the year after capturing the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles.The path to the title for Nadal and Federer has been eased.Federer, meanwhile, is looking to move beyond Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors by claiming a sixth U.S. Open and reach a first final in the city since his sensational 2009 loss to Juan Martin del Potro.Federer said he would like nothing else than to face Nadal in the semifinals.
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