Federer and Nadal kick off U.S. Open campaigns
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[August 29, 2017]
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A year ago,
few would have bet Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal would be the top
contenders at the 2017 U.S. Open, yet the Swiss maestro and the
Spanish juggernaut start their campaign with the favorites tag on
Federer and world number one Nadal won the first three grand slam
titles of the season as they came back to prominence with a bang,
and nothing suggests their first-round opponents, American Frances
Tiafoe and Serbian Dusan Lajovic, will bother them.
Federer closes proceedings on center court, which was equipped with
a roof last year that could prove helpful as rain might disrupt the
action at Flushing Meadows.
Women's world number one Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic
will get things going on Arthur Ashe against Poland's Magda Linette
before defending champion Angelique Kerber takes on talented
Japanese Naomi Osaka.
Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who is suing the U.S. Tennis Association
for negligence after she sustained a concussion in a fall on the
locker room's floor in New York last year, takes on Russian Evgeniya
Rodina on Grandstand.
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Rafael Nadal (ESP) reacts against Nick Kyrgios (AUS) during the
Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
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Former champion Juan Martin Del Potro, the 24th seed, is also in
action, against Swiss Henri Laaksonen.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Frank Pingue)
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