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Roger Federer looks for revenge over Juan Martin Del Potro in US Open last eight

Roger Federer, who had won an unprecedented five straight US Open titles, had lost to Juan Martin Del Potro in a marathon five-setter in 2009. The winner of this match will face either Rafael Nadal or Andrey Rublev in the semis

tennis Updated: Sep 06, 2017 09:53 IST
Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro, who will face each other in the US Open quarterfinals on Wednesday, have played each other 21 times with the Swiss winning 16 times.
Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro, who will face each other in the US Open quarterfinals on Wednesday, have played each other 21 times with the Swiss winning 16 times. (Getty Images)

Roger Federer faces big-hitting Juan Martin del Potro at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday in a rematch of the 2009 US Open final, which the Argentine won to claim his only Grand Slam.

Federer had looked vulnerable at this year’s tournament with two five-set wins over unseeded opponents before finding his stride and cruising past 31st-seed Feliciano Lopez and German Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets to make the last eight.

Revenge should motivate the 36-year-old Federer, who had won an unprecedented five straight US Open titles before losing to Del Potro in a marathon five-setter in 2009.

The Swiss has not won the US Open since the final.

While world No 3 Federer is hugely popular with the New York crowd, the 24th seeded Del Potro can count on support from the legions of Argentines that have packed into Flushing Meadows this week to urge on their beloved “Delpo”.

Del Potro gave them plenty to cheer on Monday when he recovered from two sets down and saved two match points in the fourth to beat Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem in a classic.

World No 1 Rafael Nadal or 19-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev will await the winner in the semis on Friday.