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Rafael Nadal Wins US Open For Third Time


Rafael Nadal has won the US Open for the third time with a straight set victory over South Africa's Kevin Anderson.

The 31-year old Spaniard trounced the opponent of his age 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in a one-sided men's singles final inside Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York Sunday afternoon.

Nadal is now only behind Roger Federer in the number of Grand Slam titles won. This was his 16th, while the Swiss maestro has 19 crowns to his credit.

This is Nadal's second Grand Slam title of 2017, having won the French Open in June.

Federer, Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors are the other players in the Open era to win at least three US Open men's singles championships.

In a display of near-perfect tennis on Sunday, Nadal crafted two breaks of serve in the first set, one decisive break in the middle of the second, and another in the beginning of the third.

Such was Nadal's dominance on serve that he dropped just 15 points in the two-hour, 24-minute final against the 28th seeded player.

Anderson, who was a first-time finalist, had no answer for the world No. 1 player's aggressive baseline game and shot-making.

Anderson was the tallest player ever to play in a Grand Slam final at 6 ft 8 inch.

Nadal described the victory, that came after a couple of years of injuries and out out of form, as unbelievable.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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