Nadal Defeats Anderson With Ease To Win His Third US Open

rafa nadal us open trophy 2017 Rafa Nadal at 31 is having one of his best years as he defeated South African Kevin Anderson on Sunday 6-3, 6-3 and 6-4 to win in two hours and 17 minutes his third US Open trophy (he also won in 2010 and 2013) and retain his rank as the No. 1 player in the world.

In the final Nadal faced the tough task of defeating Anderson and his powerful serve. The South African led the US Open with 117 aces, 31 more than American Sam Querrey who finished second in that regard.

Regardless of that Nadal was utterly dominant as he broke Anderson’s serve twice in the first set and once in the second and third sets. In contrast, Nadal never allowed Anderson to break his serve and he didn’t allow a break point in the whole match.

Nadal took advantage of the injuries to several players in the top 10 such as Briton Andy Murray, Serbian Novak Djokovic and Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka to have an easier trip to the final and win his 74th career title. It’s important to point out that the Spaniard won the US Open without facing a player ranked in the top 20 of the world.

Also, Nadal benefited from Swiss Roger Federer losing in the quarterfinals to Argentine Juan Martin del Potro. Federer had already defeated Nadal in the Australian Open final and was considered by many his biggest threat as they were supposed to meet in the semifinals of the US Open.

After beating the Argentine in the semis in four sets (4-6, 6-0, 6-3 and 6-2) Nadal advanced to a final that proved to be less complicated than expected to win 16th major tournament and the second of the year (he also won his 10th Roland Garros trophy this season) and now trails the 36-year-old Federer by just three majors.

Although many tennis pundits thought that Nadal and Federer were done as dominant players, this season they have resurrected their careers as each of them has managed to win two Grand Slams a piece. This year Federer won the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

Along with Djokovic and Murray, they have won 46 of the last 51 Grand Slam tournaments and only Croat Marin Cilic, del Potro and Wawrinka have broken the supremacy of the “Big Four.”

Nadal and Federer have become living legends of a sport they continue to dominate.  They don’t know how much longer they will be able to play but they are determined to compete until the end to decide who will finish as the men’s winningest Grand Slam singles champion of all time.

For Anderson, ranked 32nd in the world before the final, these were two memorable weeks. Just nine weeks ago he had undergone a hip surgery and had dealt with injuries to his shoulder, knee and ankle. Despite the result, the South African will never forget the ride to the final and the match with Nadal.

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