A really determined Rafa Nadal smashed Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-3 6-4 in straight sets to win the U.S. Open on Sunday, making it the Spaniard second grand slam title of the season and 16th of his career behind Roger Federer with 19.
Surprisingly, the women’s tennis produced two first grand slam winners this season while in the male category the old guard and elders continues to run the show with Nadal and long-time rival Roger Federer sweeping the majors honours with two title apiece.
This match for Nadal marked the fourth U.S. Open final and third title for Nadal and for the first time its not against Novak Djokovic on the other side of the net.
Nadal answered questions after the game about finding his balance after a lot of injury worries over the years.
“Personally it’s just unbelievable what happened this year after a couple years with some troubles, injuries, some moments playing not good,” the 31-year-old Nadal told a cheering crowd.
The current world number one was as brilliant as he was business-like and focused, keeping the towering South African under constant fear, pressure and denying him a single break point.
For the 31-year-old Anderson, a fairytale grand slam breakthrough was not to be, his booming serve having no impact against a near-perfect performance from Nadal in front of a sold-out crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
By Emmanuel Ndibe