Nadal wins 16th Grand Slam title

September 11, 2017
Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot from Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, during the men's singles final of the US Open yesterday. (AP Photo)

Spain's Rafael Nadal won his 16th Grand Slam title at the US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York yesterday.

Nadal defeated South African Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 for his third title in Flushing Meadows.

At the start Nadal, playing in his 23rd Grand Slam final, had the number 28 seed in trouble in most of his service games, finally taking the lead in the match when he broke for a 4-3 lead. He added a second break to finish off the set.

Nadal is second to Roger Federer in men's major titles, while Anderson will be playing in his first Grand Slam final on Sunday. Anderson was trying to become the lowest-ranked US Open champion. Andre Agassi was number 20 when he won in 1994. Nadal had won all four meetings previous meetings against the South African.


Two major titles


The top-seeded Nadal also won the French Open in June and is looking to win two major titles in the same year for the first time since 2013, when he won the last of his two U.S. Open crowns.

Earlier, China's Wu Yibing beat Axel Geller of Argentina 6-4, 6-4 to win the US Open junior boys' singles title. The number two seed handed the top-seeded Geller his second loss in a Grand Slam final this year. Geller also was the junior runner-up at Wimbledon in July.

Amanda Anisimova won the girls singles title, preventing 13-year-old Cori Gauff from becoming the youngest champion of the event. The 16-year-old Anisimova won 6-0, 6-2 in the third straight Grand Slam junior final between Americans.

She finally finished off the match on her 10th championship point. At 13 years, five months and 28 days old, Gauff, of Delray Beach, Florida, was already the youngest girl to reach the US Open junior final since the event began in 1974. The only younger Grand Slam girls' champions were Martina Hingis, who won the 1993 French Open at 12, and Jennifer Capriati, who was 13 years, three months when she won the 1989 French Open.`

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