The world number one dispatched Kevin Anderson to claim his 16th Grand Slam title at the US Open in New York on Sunday.
By SportBrief Reporter
South African Kevin Anderson’s short lived bubble was eventually burst by veteran Rafael Nadal after the former succumbed to a straight sets 6-3 6-3 6-4 loss to the world number one at the US Open.
Anderson, riding high on the premise of becoming the first South African player to enter a Grand Slam final in over 14 years was looking for a fairy tale ending by attempting to go all the way as he squared off against the in-form Rafael Nadal.
But the top-seeded Nadal who also won the French Open in June and claimed two major titles in the same year for the first time since his last triumph at Flushing Meadows in 2013, was having none of it.
The Spaniard ruthlessly dispatched the world No 32 Anderson, who was attempting to become the lowest-ranked champion in New York since Andre Agassi in 1994, 6-3 6-3 6-4 to add to his already burgeoning trophy haul for this year.
“Of course it’s a very special two weeks for me,” said Nadal after the win. “It’s unbelievable what happened this year after a couple of years with some troubles, injuries, moments playing not good.
“Since the beginning of the year it has been very emotional, and to close the Grand Slam year by winning in New York, I just can say thank you to life for that opportunity and thank you to my team and my family and everybody.”
Runners up Anderson spoke in glowing terms of his “Idol” after the match.
“I really want to congratulate Rafa. I know we’re the same age but I feel like I’ve been watching you my whole life. You’ve been an idol of mine. It’s tough to play you but you’re one of the greatest ambassadors for our sport.
“It’s been an amazing two weeks. Last year was difficult, it’s tough to be injured and the competition is so strong so to come back and make my first final, it’s been a really special two weeks. This isn’t the result I wanted but I’ll keep fighting and I’ll be back.”