Nadal Beats Anderson for 16th Grand Slam

 

Nadal in celebration after trouncing Anderson

 

World Number one Rafa Nadal trounced South African Kevin Anderson in three straight sets 6-3 6-3 6-4 to lift his 16th Grand Slam trophy, his third in New York.

Nadal broke Anderson in the first set to go up 4-3, after the two players had held serve three games apiece. Nadal reaped bountifully from Anderson’s erratic forehand, such that midway in the first set, he had logged 20 unforced errors

It is Nadal’s third U.S. Open championship and first since 2013. The No. 1 seed advanced to his third Grand Slam final this year, having won the French Open in June and finishing as runner-up at the Australian Open in January.

Nadal never faced a break point in the 2-hour, 27-minute match. Anderson committed 40 unforced errors to Nadal’s 11.

The 31-year-old Spaniard was heavily favored coming into the match, the 23rd Grand Slam final of his career. Anderson, the No. 28 seed from South Africa, was making his first appearance in a major final.

Anderson, 31, has made a remarkable run to the final in New York. He has battled injuries the last two years, including issues with his hip, leg and elbow this season. Ranked No. 32, Anderson was trying to become the lowest-ranked player to win the U.S. Open.