Rafael Nadal Wins His 3rd US Open Grand Slam

Frances Tiafoe reacts after he wins the fourth

World No 32 Anderson was attempting to become the lowest-ranked champion in NY since Andre Agassi in 1994, but the dominant Spaniard, appearing in his 23rd Grand Slam final, including third this season, was in a different league and blitzed the South African to win 6-3 6-3 6-4. Watch out for 18-year-old Cici Bellis in the near future, while US Open junior champion Amanda Anisimova, just turned 16, is another outstanding prospect. "After a couple of years with a lot of trouble, I've been playing a very high level of tennis".

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.

Still, after all this time, there are still two who stand alone at the top: Rafa and Roger. Nadal won three majors in 2010 and two apiece in 2008 and 2013.

Nadal would never let up again, as Anderson continued to toward 5-4 in the third.

"For me it's nothing special [to finish with a victory]", Toni Nadal said. I'm thankful I had somebody like him pushing me all the time. He was the lowest-ranked U.S. Open men's finalist since the ATP computer rankings began 44 years ago. Rafa skipped a few tournaments this year, something that was nearly a taboo for him if he wasn't injured.

There would be no such joy for him on this day.

Rafael Nadal reflected on his roots as a child prodigy from the island of Mallorca and on the influence of his uncle Toni on Sunday after winning the US Open title.

Kriek represented the U.S. when he won the 1982 Australian Open. That's 35 grand slams between them - there are only four of these things a year!

It was not as daunting as usual.

Andre Agassi and Serena Williams managed the feat in 2003.

SO WE have seen the last major championship of the year and, as tennis chiefs do their best to sell us a new generation of players, the fact is the old names are far from done.

Nadal, 31, had retaken the world number one spot from Murray the week before winning his third US Open title, and now holds a substantial lead over reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Federer.

Nadal kept his part of the bargain by claiming the French Open for a record 10th time, proving he is the undisputed "King of Clay". Now I am not that much surprised.

Forehands whipped up the line. The left handed Spaniard with the monstrous double-handed backhand denied Federer the opportunity for a Calendar slam in 2006 and 2007. "I need to play at full energy and full motivation if I'm going to have my chances". Anderson, meanwhile, finished 16 for 34 in that category. Unlike Nadal's ball-striking, this analysis will be inaccurate.

Nadal's 23 career appearances in slam finals also are second to Federer, who has 29.

Sad yet bolstered, an Anderson who has worked to be more emotional in matches was of two minds after finishing. Stephens in turn crushed Madison, dictating the point nearly all the way through two quick sets and capping a remarkable summer with her first Slam trophy. Before the match, Anderson had a few words to say about his approach.

The renewed dominance of Federer and Nadal would have been scarcely believable at the end of last season, when injuries put question marks over both of their futures. A pattern had been established.

Be it on the court or off it, Nadal is understanding the value of change more than ever before.

"I always accepted all the challenges that my career present to me. I look forward to continue working hard to keep this position", she added. Being healthy, you see everything more possible. "When I am in a negative moment, I don't go very down".

When 2016 ended with a second round defeat in the Shanghai Masters against unfancied Viktor Troicki, you could have forgiven him for deciding it was the right time to call it quits and hang up his racket for good.

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