ROGER Federer, Serena Williams and Andy Murray are the headline acts at the U.S. Open on Monday as two bitter rivals resume hostilities after they refused to shake hands at the first major championship of the year.
Top-seeded Federer will play 23rd-seeded American Mardy Fish during the day session in the Arthur Ashe Stadium before Murray, the Olympic champion, takes on big-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic during the prime-time night session.
Federer’s match will be preceded by Williams against Czechoslovakia’s Andrea Hlavackova for a place in the quarterfinals. The first match in the Louis Armstrong Stadium will have an edge when sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych meets 11th-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro.
The pair played a heated match in the fourth round of the Australian Open when they refused to shake hands after Berdych completed his four-set triumph. Berdych claimed Almagro had deliberately tried to strike him with a forehand during the match and left the court in Melbourne while Almagro waited at the net to shake hands.
Afterwards, both players claimed the other was in the wrong. They have played twice since, at Indian Wells (California) and Rome, recording one win apiece.