NEW YORK, USA (Reuters) – World number one Rafael Nadal dismissed Dusan Lajovic 7-6(6), 6-2, 6-2 to ease into the US Open second round yesterday, setting the Spaniard on a collision course for a long overdue Flushing Meadows showdown with Roger Federer.While the year’s final grand slam is just underway tennis fans have circled September 8 when, if all goes to form, Nadal and Federer would meet to decide a place in the final.One of the great rivalries in sport, Federer, a five-time US Open winner and Nadal, twice champion, have clashed 37 times over the years but never have they stood across the net on Flushing Meadows’ hard courts.On French Open clay, Wimbledon’s manicured lawns and in Australian heat, the elegant Swiss maestro and muscular Spaniard have played for titles and while no trophy would be on the line a New York meeting would still have the Big Apple buzzing.Federer was due to follow Nadal on to Arthur Ashe Stadium later yesterday looking to hold up his end against American Frances Tiafoe.After a sluggish run-up to the US Open that included a shock round-of-16 loss to Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in Montreal and another to Australian Nick Kyrgios in the Cincinnati quarter-finals, Nadal needed a few games to find his range against the 85th-ranked Serb.The 21-year-old, chasing a first US Open win, showed no sign of nerves, using his stylish groundstrokes to grab the early break on the way to a 4-2 lead, the four games as many as he won in his only other meeting with Nadal, a round-of-16 loss at the 2014 French Open.But a steely Nadal found his comfort zone, breaking back at 5-5 to force the opener to a tiebreak that he took 8-6.A ruthless Nadal delivered the young Serb another tennis lesson, breaking his opponent at the first opportunity in both the second and third sets to improve his record in first round US Open matches to 13-0.
Jayden Bogle shinned the ball into his own net as he attempted to clear GETTY IMAGES getty images The Rams had several good chances, before eventually taking the lead when Boro defender Friend diverted the ball into his own net from a cross by Derby left-back Scott Malone.On-loan Liverpool starlet Harry Wilson was again very bright and went close twice, hitting the post with a sweet curling shot before seeing an arrowed free-kick turned around the post by Darren Randolph.Pulis made all three substitutions not long into the second-half and Boro did improve, yet Derby were still on top for most of the match.Despite their dominance, though, they could not find the back of the net again and they were left to rue their lack of clinical touch when Boro equalised through Bogle’s freak own goal.Lampard was speechless on the sidelines, no doubt wondering how his team had let a sure victory slip through their fingers. A dominant Derby County were denied a third win on the trot by a comedic own goal by Jayden Bogle, as they drew 1-1 with Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon.Frank Lampard’s side were set for a 1-0 victory having led for most of the match through another own goal from Boro defender George Friend in the first-half.But, in the closing stages, Bogle unintentionally volleyed into his own net from inside the penalty area. George Friend also put the ball into his own net in a game of two own goals 3 3 3 The 18-year-old, with his face to goal, attempted to clear after a Boro attack, but instead of hooking the ball over his shoulder and away he shinned the ball past the helpless Scott Carson.Derby would have gone top of the Championship table if they held onto their 1-0 lead.But instead, a point apiece has seen Boro go top, albeit before the rest of the day’s games begin and despite claiming only three wins from their league ten league games.Tony Pulis’ side will be grateful for a point having been comprehensively outplayed in the first half an hour.Derby made a blistering start, playing neat and fast football and keeping Middlesbrough pinned inside their own half for lengthy periods, eventually leading the Boro being booed off at half-time by their own fans. Frank Lampard watches on from his new position on the touchline