May 19, 2013; Rome, ITALY; Rafael Nadal (ESP), left, greets Roger Federer (SUI) before the men

US Open: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could set up quarterfinal meeting with Monday night wins

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could set up a mouth-watering quarter-final if they come through their fourth-round matches at the US Open on Monday as the US Open heats up after a long afternoon rain delay at Flushing Meadows

The legendary rivals have battled each other 31 times over the course of their glittering careers, but have never faced-off at Flushing Meadows. Now they have a chance to do it at the quarterfinal juncture, a match that could eclipse even the tournament final due to Nadal and Federer’s star power

Both players are scheduled to play on Arthur Ashe Stadium tonight, with Federer third up against Tommy Robredo and Nadal playing the German Philipp Kohlschreiber (who upset American John Isner) during the night session.

Federer’s low seventh seed has made a quarter-final date possible and was one of the most intriguing storylines when the Flushing Meadows draw was released. Nadal and Federer also met in the Indian Wells and the Cincinnati Masters this year. Nadal took the bragging rights in bot encounters.

The other men’s quarter-final in the bottom half of the draw will see David Ferrer or Janko Tipsarevic take on either Richard Gasquet or Canadian youngster Milos Raonic as the four gear up for matches tonight.

Gasquet’s clash with Raonic is the third match on Louis Armstrong, while Ferrer faces Tipsarevic in the second match that is currently underway on the Grandstand.

Stay posted to for more updates out of Monday’s US Open action at Flushing Meadows as the quarterfinal matchups become clear after a lengthy afternoon rain delay.

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