- Roger Federer was dumped out of the US Open on Tuesday by unseeded Grigor Dimitrov.
- Federer’s exit means Rafael Nadal is now the only remaining member of the “big three” left in the tournament, after Novak Djokovic was forced to retire because of an injury.
- Nadal is the favourite to win the tournament and secure his 19th major, which would move the Spaniard to just one behind Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slams.
- Nadal will take on the Argentine player Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
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Federer, 38, the world No. 3 men’s player, was beaten 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 2-6 by Dimitrov at Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York, ending his hopes of a winning a 21st Grand Slam.
Federer’s exit came days after Novak Djokovic was forced to retire from the tournament because of an injury, meaning Nadal is now the last of the “big three” left.
Nadal is now the favourite to win the US Open and secure his 19th major, which would move him to just one behind Federer’s record of 20 and three ahead of Djokovic, who has 16.
When asked how he felt after the shocking defeat, Federer told reporters, “Just low.”
“Just disappointed it’s over, because I did feel like I was actually playing really well after a couple of rocky starts,”he said.
“It’s just a missed opportunity, to some extent, that you’re in the lead, you can get through, you have two days off after. It was looking good. But got to take the losses. They’re part of the game. Looking forward to family time and all that stuff. So life’s all right.”
Nadal will face the Argentine player Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals on Wednesday as he looks to progress to the semis for the third consecutive year.
The Spaniard has beaten Schwartzman, 27, in all seven of their previous encounters, but he said he wouldn’t be taking anything for granted when he faces him.
“It will be a big challenge. I have to play my best,” Nadal said, according to the BBC. “I’m happy for Diego. He’s a close friend, and I hope to play a great match.
“He is playing amazing – he is one of the players with the best talent on tour.”
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