Roger Federer Will Reach US Open Quarterfinals with Ease

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIAugust 31, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29:  Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot during his men's singles second round match against Carlos Berlocq of Argentina on Day Four of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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The US Open features a number of big names, and guys like Roger Federer will have no problem reaching the quarterfinals of this Grand Slam event.

It's hard to not believe in Federer during this event, because, historically, it's one of his best.  He's won this event five times, all of them consecutively from 2004 through 2008.  Those five titles are the second-most for Federer in any Grand Slam event, winning seven titles at Wimbledon.

Since 2008, however, Federer has failed to win another title at the US Open.  While that may sound bad, he's still done well at the event, losing in the finals in 2009, the semifinals in 2010 and 2011 and the quarterfinals in 2012.

Given his history, it's safe to say Federer is in good shape. 

Federer has a relatively easy path to the quarterfinals.  He's already won his first two matches at Arthur Ashe Stadium, beating both of his opponents in three straight sets.

Now, Federer will be going up against Adrian Mannarino, who has only gotten past the second round once in any Grand Slam event.  He has zero career titles and just 29 career matches won.  Federer will likely have no trouble taking Mannarino down.

After that, Federer will be playing either Tommy Robredo or Daniel Evans.  Robredo has had 12 career singles titles, while Evans is a up-and-coming player who has only played in two Grand Slam events, falling in the first round at Wimbledon twice.  Once again, Federer will be a heavy favorite in either of these matchups.

A win against either would put Federer in the quarterfinals, but things would get harder once he made it  to the next round.  

Two guys that are still in the tournament that Federer could potential face in the quarterfinals would be John Isner or Rafael Nadal.  Both are terrific players and would give Federer quite a challenge.

Nadal has been incredibly successful in Grand Slam events, winning 12 total titles.  However, eight of those have come from the French Open, and just one of those titles came at the US Open back in 2010.  

For Isner, he's continuing to become a better player, but he's not had much success at Grand Slam events.  He's only gotten to the quarterfinals once at the US Open, but he is always a threat to upset a great player like Federer.

In the end, there's very little chance Federer struggles in the next two rounds, and he should get through them with ease.  After that, things will get much harder, and it will be an uphill battle if he wants to take home another Grand Slam title.