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Federer vs. Nadal: The missing match

Pair of tennis icons have faced off 40 times — but never in Queens

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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2019 10:30 am

Maybe some matchups aren’t meant to be.

The Cowboys and Raiders never met in a Super Bowl in the mid-1970s. George Foreman never fought Larry Holmes — in the 1970s or 1990s. Kobe Bryant and LeBron James never dueled in the NBA Finals.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have played 40 matches against each other, with the latter winning 24. They’ve met in the finals of Wimbledon, the French Open and the Australian Open. But they’ve never faced off at the US Open, in any round.

It seemed like this would be the year. A collision course in which the two male players with the most majors in tennis history would meet in a crowd-pleasing championship. But Federer lost to heavy underdog Grigor Dimitrov in five sets on Tuesday. Federer had defeated him in all seven of their previous meetings.

Federer has battled back pain but didn’t use it as an excuse.

“This is Grigor’s moment and not my body’s moment,” he said.

Nadal was asked on ESPN last week what it would mean to play Federer in New York.

“Well, for me [it] will mean a lot today because that means that I’m going to be in the final,” he said.

But Nadal noted that every year it doesn’t happen, there’s less of a chance it ever will.

Federer, who has a record 20 grand slam titles, is 38 years old. Nadal, who is second with 18 slams, is 33.

When Federer was asked if he believes he would have more chances to add to his record, he said he doesn’t have a crystal ball.

Federer could have been talking about if he would ever face Nadal in Queens.

Welcome to the discussion.