Rafael Nadal receives his US Open Trophy from Katrina Adams, the President of the United States Tennis Association
The US Open has come to an exciting end with Rafael Nadal claiming victory over Kevin Anderson on Sunday at the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York city. The 6-foot-8 South African could not keep up with the experienced Spaniard with Nadal winning in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.
Nadal took another step to catching Roger Federer on the all-time Grand Slam list. The 31 year old made an extraordinary comeback to win his third US Open title, 16th Grand Slam championship and second of this year. This leaves Nadal three major titles behind Federer in the chase, but since these two burst onto the scene they have been the superstars of today’s tennis.
His comeback from injury in 2016 proves Nadal’s resilient, champion character. He leaves it all on the court and thrills all crowds who have had the pleasure to watch him play.
Whether you’re Team Rafa or Team Fed, we can all agree the 2017 tennis season reignited the sport’s debate over who is the greater player and champion.
“I don’t really think much about these kind of things,” Nadal said after the match. Nadal leaves Flushing Meadows as a deserving World No. 1.
Anderson was outplayed in his first Grand Slam final but insists he learned a lot from the defeat. ‘To step out on court against Rafa tonight, you know, I learned a lot of lessons. It was a difficult match, up against somebody who has been on that stage over 20 times before.’
Indeed, Rafa’s experience paid off and it paid off big, his paycheck for the win is $3.7m. The match was a masterclass from Nadal, who lost only 15 points on his serve and didn’t face a single break point, he certainly impressed and captivated the crowd of 23,000 in the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Nadal said a couple of other things in the aftermath of his triumph that showed his heart, he remembered the victims of the earthquake in Mexico as well as those dealing with hurricane Irma in Florida.
Now that Nadal is only three Grand Slams wins from catching up to Federer the title of Greatest Tennis Player of All Time is up in the air. For Federer, now 35 years of age, 2017 was a vintage year in which he attained a career record of 19 Grand Slam titles. At 31, Nadal is younger and seems poised to catch up, he attained his career record of 16 Grand Slam titles, also becoming the first man to win ten times at Roland Garros.
For both, the next years are uncertain with perhaps looming retirements from active tennis, regardless they are two of the most incredible athletes and sportsmen the tennis world has ever seen.
That’s all for this year’s US Open. Thanks for following along with us these past two weeks! We’ll see you at the Australian Open in 2018 for more exiting tennis action.