Roger Federer: Why FedEx and Rafael Nadal Oustings Are Good for Tennis

Pete SchauerCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during his men's singles quarterfinal match against Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic  on Day Ten of the 2012 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood, of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA)
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Could it be that not having Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal competing for a U.S. Open championship is good for the game of tennis?

Since 2004, Federer and Nadal are responsible for a combined six U.S. Open titles, with Federer claiming five in a row from '04-'08.

For roughly the past decade, we've watched these two super humans dominate the court, so is it wrong to cheer for the fact that neither Federer nor Nadal is in the running for another title?

Absolutely not.

Every now and then, the sport needs a new face to change things up and either regain interest or attract new views, and the 2012 U.S. Open has a chance to do that.

Competing in the semi-final will be No. 2 Novak Djokovic, No. 3 Andy Murray, No. 4 David Ferrer and No. 6 Tomas Berdych, who ousted Federer 7-6 (1), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the quarter-final.

Nadal missed the entire tournament due to a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee, tweeting to fans:

I am very sad to announce that I am not ready to play the US Open in NY. Thanks to my fans for their support and specially, the new yorkers.

— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) August 15, 2012

Without Federer and Nadal, the opportunity is open for Murray, Ferrer and Berdych—all who have never won the U.S. Open—to earn their first win at the event.

Murray made it to the finals in '08 before losing, Ferrer made it to the semis back in '07 while clinching the quarter-finals is a career-best for Berdych.

Tennis is a sport that's often dominated by the same athletes year after year, but the 2012 U.S. Open allows some contingency for fellow players to make their mark. 

If Djokovic accomplishes the feat, it'll be back-to-back titles for the Serbian, which would further cement his stance in men's tennis as arguably the best player.

If he doesn't, then we'll see a brand new champion crowned.

Either way, it's good for the game.

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