Rafa Nadal was on hand to thump his opponent, Kevin Anderson to a 6-3 6-3 6-4 scoreline to win the U.S. Open in the early hours of this morning hence making the Spaniard clinch his second grand slam title of the season and 16th of his career.
It marked the fourth U.S. Open final and third title for Nadal but the first time without Novak Djokovic on the other side of the net.
“Personally it’s just unbelievable what happened this year after a couple years with some troubles, injuries, some moments playing not good,” 31-year-old Nadal told a cheering crowd.
The world number one was as brilliant as he was business-like, keeping the towering South African under constant pressure and denying him a single break point.
For 31-year-old journeyman Anderson, a 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.