South Africa’s Kevin Anderson failed to make history when he was faced with the biggest challenge in his Tennis career when he had to stop Spain’s Rafa Nada from clinching the US Open title.
Tennis star Rafa Nadal had little to do when he faced South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the final of the US Open Finals. He beat Anderson 6-3, 6-3 and 6-4 in 2hours 27 minutes .
The world No 1 picked up a break in each of the three sets as he overpowered his South African opponent to win his 16th Grand Slam title. He has now closed his rival Roger Federer in terms of Grand Slams with just three differences between them.
The two great Champions have now shared all the Grand Slams amongst themselves for the first time after eleven years.
The two stars somethings show little inclination to stop feasting while Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka – all past 30 themselves – are indisposed.
Anderson was the bolter from the unusually pared-down bottom half of the draw vacated by Andy Murray, holding the banner for South Africa, who tennis glories have faded so badly in the past twenty years.
Kevin Anderson now moves up to 15th from 32nd position where he was placed before the US Open 2017.
Anderson’s hope was built on the fact that the Spaniard had lost his last eight finals on hard court prior to the US Open though it was also true that his run to the final had been relatively comfortable, having faced nobody higher than a weary No 24 seed, Juan Martin Del Potro who also dealt away Roger Federer in the quarter- finals.
Whatever Anderson did, trying to shorten the points or lengthen them, it did not work. He even picked up a time violation against the great slowcoach himself, a sure indicator that it was not going to be his day.