Spain’s Rafael Nadal claimed his third US Open and 16th Grand Slam title of his career after dominating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in New York City.
The world number one eased to a comfortable 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory at Flushing Meadows.
The 31-year-old has now won two of tennis’ major tournaments in the same year for the first time since 2013, after he also won the French Open in Paris in June.
Nadal went into the final with a sensational head-to-head record against Anderson, and he dominated once again to claim his fifth win over the South African.
The 2010 and 2013 US Open champion lost just 15 points on serve in the entire match.
Victory means this year’s major titles are now shared between Nadal, the French and US Opens, and Roger Federer, at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
“It has been a very special two weeks for me, but congratulations to Kevin,” said Nadal.
“He’s a great example to a lot of kids, had a lot of tough injuries.
“Personally, it’s unbelievable what’s happened to me after a couple of years of injuries, playing not so good.
“But I’ve been playing a high level of tennis and the crowd here brings me to a higher level of energy.”
Action concluded with the women’s doubles final as Switzerland’s Martina Hingis won her second title in New York City.
After winning the mixed doubles crown alongside Great Britain’s Jamie Murray yesterday, Hingis partnered with Chan Yung-jan of Chinese Taipei to win the women’s final today.
The number two seeds defeated Czech duo Katerina Siniakova and Lucie Hradecka 6-3, 6-2.
By Max Winters
Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz.