Roger Federer declares himself fit for US Open title bid

Is true that we played in all Grand Slam finals.

"Look, I want to be back on court as soon as I can". For me, I think about Dusan Lajovic. "Roger Federer's 36 years old".

Federer also beat Nadal in the final of the Miami Open to complete the "Sunshine Double" in March.

"Two weeks after the finals [in Montreal] is a long time, so because you've got two weeks you can take your time", said the Swiss. Is obvious, no? I am not that way. Tried, obviously, resting, rehabbing, to try to get myself ready here.

Bill Norris, the ATP's former Director of Medical Services who spent 35 years patching up the broken and sore bodies of players from Ken Rosewall to Federer, said players have little choice but to pace themselves by taking regular breaks if they want to stay competitive late in their careers.

Nadal, 31, heads to NY on the back of a quarter- final loss to Nick Kyrgios in Cincinnati and a Montreal last- 16 defeat to Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov. Australian Open final was where they faced for the first time this year with Federer defeating his arch-rival in a pulsating five-setter.

The women's draw has not been robbed of the same level of star power with the most high-profile withdrawal due to injury being 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur (hand).

To that end, Widmaier said, the USTA is putting more effort into telling fans about American players who might not be household names — "who to watch out for and why they're going to succeed" — and up-and-comers from other countries. I'm the kind of guy who is watching basketball at 7 PM and then watching tennis at 1 A.M. "We never played in NY so I think that would be fun for everybody involved".

"But unfortunately that has not been the case".

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As he did not even enter the French Open, that would represent a 100 per cent record, something that seemed unthinkable when he began his season in Australia. So that just pushed me back a bit.

"If I get myself fit and healthy, there is no reason why I can't", Murray said. I have been practising here and competitive in practice when I'm not moving close to how I can when I'm healthy.

That sparked Zverev - who has never progressed beyond the second round of the US Open - into action as he broke to put the contest back on serve with a stunning drop shot.

Meanwhile, the focus of attention in the women's tournament will be upon the first round match between the current world number two Simona Halep of Romania and the Russian who won this event in 2006, Maria Sharapova.

French eighth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga made light work of Marius Copil 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

One example: Alexander Zverev, a 20-year-old German considered the "Next Big Thing", will play under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday.

Philipp Kohlschreiber replaces Querrey and will face Tim Smyczek.

And Kohlschreiber's spot in the draw will be filled by Slovakian qualifying lucky loser Lukas Lacko.

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