A US Open fan has a hefty reason to rue Roger Federer's unexpected exit from the tournament as he had paid over $53,000 for four tickets to the final in the hope of seeing the Swiss compete against his arch-rival Rafael Nadal.
As Roger Federer looked set to make it to the semi-finals by winning the third set against Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-final on Tuesday, sports business journalist Darren Rovell took to Twitter to reveal the purchase.
"The seats are three rows off the court," Rovell wrote, revealing that each ticket was $10,815 before other charges made the total amount to $53,230.80.
As Federer goes up 2 sets to 1, someone just dropped $53K on four seats to the US Open Men’s Final — could it finally be Federer-Rafa? — on StubHub. The seats are three rows off the court. pic.twitter.com/wsxg2jwlRy
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 4, 2019
But the ticket-buyer's hopes were soon dashed as Dimitrov made a comeback and defeated Federer in five sets.
Dimitrov, who had won just one of his eight previous matches before the US Open, won the fourth set to force a fifth one during which Federer's movement was restricted due to an injury.
Federer's exit means remarkably another year will pass without him and Nadal meeting at Flushing Meadows.
After Novak Djokovic's exit on Sunday, fans were expecting to see the first Federer and Nadal face-off in New York City.
Nadal, who defeated Diego Schwartzman on Thursday morning to secure a place in the semi-finals, also required treatment on his arms during the match but he said afterwards that it was just due to humidity and that his body was fine.
"Physically I am fine. Today was a very heavy day, big humidity out there. I'm this kind of player who sweats a little, but sometimes under these conditions it's tough," Nadal said in the on-court interview.