Nadal makes hardcourts look easy for third U.S. Open crown

NY (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal has long been king of the Paris clay however he was once just as dominant on THE BIG APPLE hardcourt on Sunday as he amassed grand slam title number 16 with a scientific demolition of Kevin Anderson within the U.S. Open Final.

The Spaniard insists nothing comes easy to him on any court docket but scanning his record of grand slam Final triumphs one would be hard-pressed to find anything else more complete than this 6-Three 6-Three 6-4 victory on the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The 6-2 6-Three 6-1 thrashing of Stan Wawrinka at Roland Garros in June or the 6-1 6-Three 6-0 win over Roger Federer in 2008 that earned him every other of his 10 French Open crowns may were more ruthless, however they were no more full.

Whereas his battling South African opponent saved the contest from being a whole blowout, there used to be by no means a single second when Nadal was under chance.

Despite being certainly one of greatest servers on the ATP Tour, Anderson was unable make a dent in Nadal’s safety and he managed not a single smash level in his maiden grand slam Closing.

“It was once extra the conundrum of taking part in Rafa versus being in my first Remaining,” said Anderson.

“His competitiveness, consistency at that stage. He never goes away.”

Having captured his third U.S. Open title, Nadal made it very clear to his opponents that he would indeed now not be going away any time soon.

And even supposing he did not count it as one of his primary targets, the 31-yr-previous did not push aside the potential for one day surpassing Federer’s grand slam haul of 19 titles.

“I actually don’t suppose much about these kind of issues. I do my means, he does his way,” stated Nadal.

Tennis – US Open – Mens Ultimate – THE BIG APPLE, U.S. – September 10, 2017 – Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa. REUTERS/Mike Segar

”I‘m more than happy with all the issues which might be going down to me, win this title once more.

”I nonetheless have the fervour and the love for the sport. I nonetheless need to compete and still really feel the nerves each time that I Am Going on court docket. Whereas this stuff preserve happening, I shall be here.

”Well achieved for Roger that he is having a great season too and Well completed for me as a result of I‘m having an excellent season too.

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“Let’s see what occurs.”

Whereas women’s tennis produced two first-time grand slam winners this season, the previous shield persevered to rule supreme in the Men’s recreation with Nadal and Federer sweeping the majors with two apiece.

It marks the fourth time Nadal has received at least two major titles in a yr and just the seventh time since tennis went professional in 1968 that a Men’s grand slam Closing was once contested by two avid gamers 30 and over.

With Federer and Nadal fit again after struggling with last 12 months’s injury woes and Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic combating their approach again to fitness, the enormous 4 may Neatly be back in trade next season.

“After them taking off most of remaining year to come back, winning all 4 grand slams was somewhat an fulfillment, despite how just right they’re,” stated Anderson, who is also 31.

”Taking A Look at Rafa, just this kind of great competitor. He truly makes you earn each single point. Roger, additionally.

“So it’s been a very fascinating year on the grand slam front. Certainly can be very fascinating to peer what happens next year.”

Editing by means of Nick Mulvenney

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