Nadal Slams Anderson in US Open 2017-Wins His 16th Grand Slam
6 months ago Ishan Chourey 0
Rafael Nadal overwhelmed Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 on in the US Open final Sunday.
Nadal wins his 16th Grand Slam title, third championship at Flushing Medows.
The match can be described as not short of a mismatch as The Clay King crushed his South African challenger
Kevin Anderson in straight games.
“Personally, it’s just unbelievable what happened this year,” Nadal said, “after a couple of years with some troubles, injuries, some moments playing not good.”
It is the No. 1-ranked Nadal’s second Grand Slam title of the year and 16th overall. Among men, only Roger Federer has more, with 19. The two long-time rival knights of tennis won two of the four majors in 2017, marking a return of both to the heights of their sport.
As It All Happened:
Much like Nadal’s 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 win against Wawrinka at Roland Garros, the only beauty of this match was not in its competitiveness—not by a long shot—but in an appreciation for one participant’s absolute superiority.
Forehands whipped up the line. Two-handed backhands ripped cross-court with ferocity. The spinning, back-to-the-net returns of serves that tore in at him at more than 130 mph (210 kph) and helped him break Anderson four times.
He even came up with some terrific volleys, winning the point on all 16 of his trips to the net. Anderson, meanwhile, finished 16 for 34 in that category. Another contrast in the game: Nadal never faced a break point, although that was more a reflection of his talent once the ball was in play especially dominant serving.
With Nadal standing way back to receive serves, nearly backing into the line judges, he neutralized Anderson’s most effective skill. Anderson having won 103 of 108 service games across six matches, tried to repeat the style against his Spanish contender, but Nadal gained breakpoints—two in a six-deuce game at 1-all, another two in a five-deuce game at 2-all.
Anderson began trying to end points quickly with a volley. Problem is: Anderson is not usually a serve-and-volleyer and so is no expert in returning fire; Nadal is superb at summoning passing shots at extreme pace and twisted trajectories to make his opponent sweat for each point, especially when facing the sort of target provided by the 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Anderson, the tallest Grand Slam finalist in history.
It was only a matter of time until Nadal capitalized on a chance. Anderson let him do just that at 3-all, 30-all, double-faulting to offer up Nadal’s fifth break point of the match, then badly pushing a crosscourt forehand wide.
What’s In It For The Winner:
Nadal won previous US Open triumphs in 2010 and 2013, added his 3rd title today and improved to 16-7 in Grand Slam finals. For the first time since 2013, he appeared in three in a single season, losing to Federer at the Australian Open in January, then beating Stan Wawrinka for his record 10th French Open trophy in June.
Nadal’s career voyage also includes two titles from Wimbledon and one from the Australian Open. The US Open was the last Grand Slam event of his Yoda master-coach, his uncle, Toni, who is now stepping aside. Notably, all of Nadal’s big victories came while being coached by him.
Know The Runner-up:
At No.32, Kevin Anderson was the lowest-ranked US Open men’s finalist since the ATP computer rankings began in 1973. The 31-year-old South African had never been past the quarterfinals at any major tournament in 33 previous appearances, so when he won his semifinal on Friday, he climbed into the stands to celebrate.
“I know we’re the same age, but I feel like I’ve been watching you my whole life,” said Anderson, who is less than a month older than Nadal. “You really have been an idol of mine. And it’s tough playing you. You proved it again tonight.”