The third seed and top-ranked, respectively, in this year’s U.S. Open both made it into the quarterfinal round of eight. Nadal defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine in three sets, while Federer made quick work of Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Up next for Federer is Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina.
“It’s a good match to look forward to,” Federer said. “Reminds me clearly of the 2009 finals that we had, which was an epic, too. I hope we can produce another good one.”
Meanwhile, four Americans made it to the quarterfinal stage on the women’s side, including Venus Williams, who came into the tournament seeded ninth. The others include CoCo Vandeweghe, Madison Keys, and Sloan Stephens.
“Over time I’ve learned that I can push myself a lot further than I thought I could,” Williams said in her on-the-court interview following her victory over Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain. ““I think success breeds success. If you win, you learn how to win, and you win more.”
Meanwhile, Maria Sharapova saw her magical ride come to an end. After being suspended for a drug violation, Sharapova got into this year’s Open thanks to a wild card berth.
She shocked the number two seed, Simona Halep, in the first round, and then defeated Timea Babos of Hungary and Sofia Kenin of the United States before falling to Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova in three sets.
It’s been a really great ride in the last week,” Sharapova said. “Ultimately I can take a lot from this week. It’s great to get that major out of the way. It was an incredible opportunity.”