6-3 6-3 6-4. A three-set victory that took Rafa all of just two hours and 27 minutes to win his third US Open title (2010, 2013 and 2017).
Nadal’s opponent at the final was a bit of a surprise and a player who ranked 80 on the global standings at the start of 2017: South African, Kevin Anderson.
Turns out the both of them at 31 years old have actually known each other since the age of 12 and have also met each other on the professional front on four other occasions, all of which were won by Rafa.
So, while it was a great effort on Anderson’s part to reach the US Open 2017 finals, Nadal’s been on a dominating streak ever since La Decima and the story was no different at Sunday’s final match at Flushing Meadows, New York.
BBC Sport’s, Piers Newbery describes it best saying, “It was a ruthless demolition job by a man playing his 23rd Grand Slam final, up against an opponent in his first.”
Nadal clearly was on the offensive, despite being aware of his old friend, Anderson’s standings. The Spaniard was a man on a mission eager to get the job done and dusted. And, of course, the final scores (and the time that it took to end the game) stand evidence to this.
With the last major tennis grand slam out of the way, we stand now with two names that dominate the charts for the year — unsurprisingly — Nadal, at the 2017 French and US Opens, and Roger Federer, at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
Which then puts Rafa, second on the list of numbers of titles won all time at 16, just ahead of Pete Sampras, who has 14 to his name. On the top of that list, who else, but Federer with an astounding 19 titles to his name.