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Roger Federer has turned back the clock this season, winning his first Grand Slam title since 2012 with his victory in the Australian Open and accomplishing the feat of two title wins in one year for the first time since 2009 with his win at Wimbledon.

The US Open has gone against the grain of its fellow Grand Slams by giving the former champion a wild card, and the organisers have been rewarded with one of the biggest first-round matches in living memory. They were drawn Friday into the same half of the bracket, meaning they could only meet in the semifinals in NY. Her sister, Venus Williams, however, will be competing and is hoping to take home her third US Open title. And If you miss any of Tuesday's action, the Tennis Channel will carry replays of television coverage throughout the day. On paper, this should be an easy win for Nadal. He's not ready to talk about Federer just yet.

However, Nadal broke back with a love game to force a tiebreak, which he eventually won 8-6 to put himself in control of the match.

His record-blazing eighth Wimbledon title in July was followed by a Montreal final defeat to Alexander Zverev and a pull-out from Cincinnati with a back injury.

"On the court, obviously I felt that I'm just lacking a little bit of that consistency point after point, to be continuing with my aggression, with my tennis". It's much more open now.

If you're looking for an American man to do well, stick with John Isner. The world no six is in Murray's half of the draw and will be playing well into the second week. Halep, Pliskova, Muguruza, Svitolina, Wozniacki, Johanna Konta, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Venus Williams all could reach the top spot if the appropriate scenario plays out in NY.

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If he's seeded inside the top 16, that is going to help and protect him to some degree in the tournament. I think how the year has been going, they are still on top of everyone. I kind of ran out of time.

My advice: Don't feel bad for Halep. She looks an interesting contender at 9/1, and there may be some support in the tournament outright market for Maria Sharapova. After the hard first round, Halep would have an open event until the quarterfinals, where she could meet Great Britain's Johanna Konta.

World No. 1 Karolina Pliskova opens against Poland's Magda Linette. But so could fourth seed Elina Svitolina, a 22-year-old who is having a fine year.

He wasn't at the Open previous year, deciding after Wimbledon to take the remainder of the season off to rest and rehab a surgically repaired knee.

Federer, though, would love to face his rival for the first time in NY.


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