Nadal was equally honest in admitting that the Swiss was one opponent he didn't want to face in the semi-final, despite the makings of the draw.
At a news conference in NY on Saturday, Murray said: "I did pretty much everything I could to get myself ready here, took a number of weeks off after Wimbledon, obviously spoke to a lot of hip specialists, tried resting and rehabbing to try and get myself ready". No, of course I understand that it is going to be great for our history. We never played here and for sure this year we are not going to play in finals. Anyway, meeting him here in semifinals with Roger, if that happens that will be something great and unbelievable. "The finals are more special than semi-finals, in that case", he added giving his reaction on the proposed clash.
Their rivalry has stretched 13 years and 37 matches but Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have never met at the US Open, a staggering anomaly that seems certain to be corrected in 2017's concluding grand slam.
"Meeting him here in the semi-finals, if that happens that will be something great and incredible, but as I say before, we made a lot (of history)". "We have our work cut out there".
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"Hopefully it will be a night session", he said.
Top seed Nadal begins against Serbia's Dusan Lajovic in the third match on Ashe at about 20:00 BST. World number two Andy Murray, the 2012 champion, withdrew on Saturday after failing to recover from a hip injury.
"Nishikori and Raonic have had some injuries as of late".
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Nadal, who is bidding to clinch his third US Open title, could face France's Richard Gasquet in the third round before he is likely to meet Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych in the fourth round and seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the quarter-finals, Sport24 reported.
Instead, Federer stays where he is at No. 3.
Fifth-seeded Croatia Marin Cilic also figures to be a factor.
Halep declined to wade into the debate about the merits of the U.S. Tennis Association's decision to let Sharapova into the tournament. The match took 22 games.
On the women's side, there is a wide-open feel with six-time champion Serena Williams absent due to her pregnancy. "I have enough pressure".
It was clearly a big problem during his home grand slam tournament, when he bowed out, clearly in pain, in the quarter-finals, to Sam Querrey.
On the top half of the bracket, the quarterfinals could be No. 1 Karolina Pliskova against 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova; and Kerber or Ostapenko against Elina Svitolina or Madison Keys.