US Open: Nadal beats Kevin Anderson to win

US Open: Nadal beats Kevin Anderson to win

Anderson powered 10 aces compared to one from Nadal, but he made 40 unforced errors to just 11 from Nadal. Had he gotten the better of Gilles Muller at Wimbledon, where he lost the final set of his fourth-round clash 15-13, the year might have been even more memorable.

- Juan Martin del Potro beats Nadal in the semifinals, then Roger Federer in the final, 2009: del Potro was 20 and managed to first wallop Nadal 6-2, 6-2, 6-2, then end Federer's 40-match, five-title winning streak at Flushing Meadows in a five-set comeback.

"After the first two, three months of the season, you see that I am playing well, and if I am playing well on clay, I normally am going to have my chances".

In the first round, while Nadal won easily his service games, Anderson, is particularly vulnerable on his second bullet of service, was quickly under pressure: it took him as well to fight nearly ten minutes to win his second game of service.

Nadal's win on Sunday was the latest chapter in an epic story of domination by the sport's superstars.

Carlos Moya is confident Rafael Nadal can continue to challenge for grand slams despite his advancing years. "So that means was hard for everybody to win titles in this part of the, in this era". We should be very happy. Despite his success, catching the 19 majors of Federer is not particularly high on Nadal's list of priorities.

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"I told Maddie I should just retire now", said Stephens. He does his way. Let's see when we finish. "In another way, I have been in an era where three players achieved 19, 16 and 12 [grand slams]", he said, referring to himself, Federer and Djokovic.

"This isn't the result I always wanted but I'll keep fighting and I'll be back", said Anderson. I have a great team and a great family that supports me and believes in me.

"People talk about how physical tennis is, but here he is at 31 winning two grand slams, right behind Federer".

With Federer and Nadal fit again after battling last year's injury woes and Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic fighting their way back to fitness, the Big Four might well be back in business next season.

The top-seeded Nadal also won the French Open in June and is looking to win two major titles in the same year for the first time since 2013, when he won the last of his two U.S. Open crowns. "But I was surprised in January".

Anderson, 31, gave all thumbs up to Nadal, saying "I know we're the same age but I feel like I've been watching you my whole life".