September 1, 2018 / 4:52 PM / 2 months ago

Federer, Djokovic and Sharapova in action at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Experience meets youth when 20-times major winner Roger Federer takes on hard-serving 23-year-old Nick Krygios in a highly-anticipated third round clash at the U.S. Open on Saturday.

FILE PHOTO - Aug 30, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts after beating Benoit Paire of France in a second round match on day four of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The 37-year-old second-seeded Swiss will have his work cut out against the 30th-seeded Australian at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Federer has won two of their three matches but eight of the nine sets have gone to a tiebreak.

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The world number two is looking to win his second Grand Slam of the year after claiming the Australian Open title in January and collect his first crown at Flushing Meadows since 2008.

Saturday’s night session will see five-times Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova facing 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in a match that pits the Russian’s blistering groundstrokes against the Latvian’s stout defense.

The 31-year-old Sharapova won their only previous career meeting, a tight three setter on the clay at the Rome Masters earlier this year.

Surging Serbian Novak Djokovic will look to book his ticket to the fourth round when he takes on France’s Richard Gasquet also during the night session at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The sixth-seeded Djokovic, who won Wimbledon in July, has looked his dominant self in the first two rounds of the tournament and is searching for his 14th career Grand Slam title and third at the final major of the year in New York.

Editing by Ken Ferris

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