US Open: Nadal wins 16th Grand Slam Title, defeats Anderson in straight sets

Nadal and Roger Federer have shared this year's Grand Slam titles: remarkable given that, last October, when Federer visited Nadal's academy in Mallorca, they were only fit enough to play soft tennis with the juniors.


The US Open final panned out as expected, there was no David vs Goliath moment, the world number one Rafael Nadal was in full beast mode, took two hours and 27 minutes to finish off South African Kevin Anderson in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to claim his sixteenth Major title and second Grand Slam title of the year.

"It's just unbelievable what happened this year," said Nadal.

"After a couple of years with some troubles, injuries, sometimes playing not good - since the beginning of the season it has been very, very emotional."

Anderson playing in his biggest match was outclassed and outplayed, Nadal dominated the whole match, lost just 15 point on serve in the entire match, did not face a break point and won all 16 points he finished at the net. Nadal was man on a mission, ruthless demolition job by a man playing his 23rd Grand Slam final.

"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."

 

Nadal and Roger Federer have shared this year's Grand Slam titles: remarkable given that, last October, when Federer visited Nadal's academy in Mallorca, they were only fit enough to play soft tennis with the juniors.