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Relentless and crushing, Rafael Nadal stomped his way to a 16th Grand Slam title at the US Open on Sunday night with the kind of performance that makes you think he may just have a shot at chasing down Roger Federer in the all-time list.
His third US Open win, four years after his last, came with a dominant, destructive 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory over a valiant but in the end utterly helpless Kevin Anderson of South Africa. After a first set that took an hour, world No.1 Nadal put his foot down and the Spaniard is now within three slams of Federer again.
It is almost laughable to think that Nadal and Federer have shared the four Grand Slams in 2017; Federer winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon, Nadal taking Roland Garros and the US Open. But it has happened and it is tempting to think that had Nadal not let slip a 3-1 lead over Federer in the final in Melbourne, he would now be just one slam behind. He didnвЂ™t face a top 20 player all week but he was dominant, confident and a fully deserving champion.
вЂњOf course, itвЂ™s a very special two weeks for me,вЂќ Nadal said. вЂњPersonally itвЂ™s just unbelievable what happened this year. After a couple of years with some troubles, injuries, some moments playing not goodвЂ¦to close the Grand Slam year winning here in New York is (fantastic)."
Anderson had reached the final on the back of six strong performances, taking advantage of a generous draw but doing what he needed to in reaching his first Grand Slam final. Nadal had won their previous four matches but had not won any hard court title since early 2014, giving Anderson some hope. The South African came with a game plan, to serve as well as he had throughout the tournament and attack the space on the Nadal forehand, but it wasnвЂ™t enough. It wasnвЂ™t even close.
Standing so far back to return the Anderson serve that his backswing was in danger of hitting the line judges, Nadal never allowed the 31-year-old South African to hit through him. It took every bit of power and fight that Anderson, the first South African-born player to make a Grand Slam singles final since Kevin Curren at Wimbledon in 1985, had to even stay in the match in the early stages as the first five games took 35 minutes. Each of his service games were under threat while Nadal cruised on his and when the break finally came, for 4-3, it just seemed inevitable.
After breaking in another long game, the Spaniard had the set and if anything, the manner of it could not have played more into his hands, the physicality of it draining Anderson from the start, the mental impact of breaking him down so soon cutting through to his core. At 6ft 8in, Anderson was the tallest ever player to reach a slam final but he was cut down by the relentlessness that Nadal brings to the court every time.
Personally itвЂ™s just unbelievable what happened this year
Once he had the first set, Nadal relaxed even more and his own attacking game flowed. He served brilliantly вЂ“ he didnвЂ™t face a break point in the entire match - volleyed beautifully вЂ“ winning 16 of 16 points at the net вЂ“ and his court coverage, quite simply, was breathtaking. NadalвЂ™s movement has never been better and Anderson was a spectator.
The South African tried to step it up, using the well-worked tactic of hitting to the Nadal forehand to exploit the space but too often, he missed, over-hitting when he did have a chance, forced into it by the speed and quality of Nadal on the run.
The second set went by in a flash and the third came down to one break, in the third game. Serving for the match, Anderson got to deuce on the Nadal serve for the first time, but it was too little too late, Nadal sending down an unreturnable serve and then volleying a backhand into the open court.
6-3, 6-3, 6-4.@RafaelNadal defeats Kevin Anderson to win his 3rd #USOpen title and 16th career Grand Slam! pic.twitter.com/rJANGdqcyV
For Anderson, it may have been a disappointing climax but it was the best fortnight of his career, a massive step forward. вЂњI know weвЂ™re the same age, but I feel like IвЂ™ve been watching you my whole life,вЂќ he said to Nadal, before expanding on a year that began with him missing the Australian Open because of injury.
вЂњItвЂ™s been an amazing two weeks for me. To come back and make my first finals of a Grand Slam, itвЂ™s really been a special two weeks.вЂќ
Anderson thanked his parents, in particular, for their role in getting to this point. вЂњMy Dad built a wall in our garden and without them I wouldnвЂ™t be here. This isnвЂ™t the result I would have wanted but IвЂ™ll keep fighting, like youвЂ™ve always taught me, and IвЂ™ll be back.вЂќ
As for Nadal, he also paid tribute to the efforts of his uncle, Toni Nadal, for whom it was a last Grand Slam event as the coach to the world No.1. вЂњI canвЂ™t thank him enough for all the things that he did for me,вЂќ Nadal said. вЂњProbably without him I would never have been playing tennis and itвЂ™s great that I had somebody like him pushing me all the time, because he was strong and he had great motivation to practice with me since I was a kid.
"Thank you very much to him because for sure heвЂ™s one of the most important (people) in my life.вЂќEvergreen Hingis doubles up
Martina Hingis just keeps on winning Grand Slam titles. Fresh from her victory in the mixed doubles with Jamie Murray on Saturday, the Swiss added the womenвЂ™s doubles title as she and Yung-Jan Chan of Taipei beat seventh seeds Lucy Hradecka and Katarina Siniakova of Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2.
Hingis now has 25 Grand Slams to her name, five in singles and 20 in womenвЂ™s doubles and mixed combined, 10 of them since 2015.Houdet claims wheelchair glory
Frenchman Stephane Houdet clinched the wheelchair singles title with a hard-fought 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Alfie Hewett of Great Britain. It was his first Grand Slam singles win since the US Open of 2013, his fourth overall and even at 46, there may be more to come yet.Ambitious Anisimova, victorious Wu
This was the third year in a row that the girlsвЂ™ final has been an all-American affair вЂ“ this time won by 16-year-old Amanda Anisimova, beating Cori Gauff. AnisimovaвЂ™s 6-0, 6-2 win more than made up for her loss in the qualifying event of the womenвЂ™s singles and she does not lack for ambition.
вЂњI hope to be No.1 and win every Grand Slam,вЂќ she said, with a straight face. ChinaвЂ™s Yibing Wu, the No.2 seed, upset the No.1 seed Axel Geller of Argentina 6-4, 6-4 to win the boysвЂ™ title.
The U.S. Open 2016 is scheduled to run from Aug. 29 to Sept. 11 with tennis players and stars from all around the world including this year’s Olympian Monica Puig who represented Puerto Rico at the 2016 Rio Games.Monica Puig at US Open 2016
Puig started this season at No. 92 in the world then secured the title as being the first tennis player to win an Olympic gold medal for Puerto Rico. She was bumped up to No. 32 in the world for the U.S. Open when tennis player Sloane Stephens withdrew due to a foot injury.
The 22-year-old Olympic gold medalist is up against player Saisai Zheng in the first round on Monday Aug. 29 at 11:00 a.m. ET.
“There’s going to be a little bit more pressure this year. I think for Monday I’ll be good to go,” Puig said of the 2016 U.S. Open. “I never come to a tournament if I’m not prepared, so I’m here and read to go.”
She tweeted about her excitement Monday morning, showing off her new outfit for the U.S. Open 2016.US Open 2016 Schedule Day 1 – Aug. 29 – Men’s and Women’s First Round – 11:00 a.m. ET and 7 p.m. ET Day 2 – Aug. 30 – Men’s and Women’s First Round – 11:00 a.m. ET and 7 p.m. ET Day 3 – Aug. 31 – Men’s and Women’s First Round – 11:00 a.m. ET and 7 p.m. ET
For full schedule which is subject to change: Click HereStars at the US Open 2016
Top stars in the U.S. Open include tennis player Novak Djokovic who leads the first day luminaries.
No. 2 in the world Angelique Kerber and No. 3 seed Garbine Muguruza are present for the first day of the U.S. Open 2016. Other stars include No. 8 seed Madison Keys, 2004 U.S. Open Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and former men’s titlists Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic.
Stars representing the U.S. in this year’s open include John Isner, Frances Tiafoe, Jack Sock, Taylor Fritz and Ryan Harrison.Watch US Open 2016
The U.S. Open tennis coverage begins at 11 a.m. ET on Monday Aug. 29 for Day 1.
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The grass court season is having one last show this week in Newport (ATP 250) as the season smoothly sails into the North American hard court swing where the men's tour could see its ranks changed. Despite ending his Wimbledon bid in the fourth round of the tournament, Rafael Nadal got even closer to becoming the highest ranked player in the world. Now that Roger Federer won the contest, the battle at the top is even tighter.
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04/09/2017 at 20:17 Updated 04/09/2017 at 23:46World number one Rafael Nadal destroyed Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2 6-4 6-1 to coast into the US Open quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows.
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The 15-times Grand Slam winner Nadal will face Andrey Rublev, conqueror of ninth seed David Goffin, as he remains on course for a huge semi-final meeting with old rival and world number three Roger Federer in the last four on Friday.Eurosport Player is just £9.99 for the whole US Open – or £19.99 for 12 months
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Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Federer will bid to progress to the last eight when he meets Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber later on Monday evening in New York.
French Open champion Nadal had four match points on the Dolgopolov serve before breaking the world number 64's serve for a third time in the set to secure his progress on Arthur Ashe Stadium in one hour and 42 minutes.
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This is the first time Nadal has reached the US Open last eight since winning the second of his titles at Flushing Meadows in 2013.
The 28-year-old Ukrainian Dolgopolov looked helpless against the Spaniard's dominant serve, which was boosted by courts made faster due to sunny conditions at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
"I think I played a solid match. I played without making many mistakes," Nadal told the crowd in an on-court interview.
Video - VIDEO: Nadal dismantles Dolgopolov to reach last eight
Next up for the top seed is a first meeting with 19-year-old Russian Rublev.
Rublev grew up idolising Nadal, along with countryman Marat Safin, and said: "Rafa's the real champion. I'm just going to try to enjoy, I have nothing to lose."
Nadal does not buy that approach, saying: "Of course he's young but, at the same time, he's in the quarter-finals. He has a chance to be in the semi-finals for the first time in his career, and I have been there a couple of times.
"So of course he has things to lose. And of course I have things to lose and things to win. But this sport is about victory. This is not about defeats. At the end of your career, nobody remembers the defeats.
"Of course he's young, and when you are young you feel that everything is new. But he already won a lot of matches on the tour. He's not a kid that he came now in this event.
"He's a great guy. He has been in Majorca practising with me a couple of years ago."
Nadal dominated all facets of Monday's match, never dropping a service game and committing only 11 unforced errors while racking up 23 winners and breaking Dolgopolov six times.
The onslaught was too much for the unseeded Dolgopolov, who was never comfortable enough to unleash his unconventional game that features unexpected drop shots and bold netResults from the US Open Men's Singles Round 4 matches on Monday
1-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) 6-2 6-4 6-1
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