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Relentless, ruthless Rafael Nadal thrashes Kevin Anderson, wins US Open title; Spectacular photos show Herculean effort

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Mon September 11 2017, 11:27 am
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    A relentless and ruthless Rafael Nadal thumped Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-3 6-4 to win the U.S. Open on Sunday, earning the Spaniard his second grand slam title of the season and 16th of his career. [Rafael Nadal of Spain holds the trophy after defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa. (Photo: Reuters)]

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    While women’s tennis produced two first grand slam winners this season, the old guard continues to reign supreme in the men’s game, with Nadal and long-time rival Roger Federer sweeping the majors with two apiece. [Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot to Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the mens finals on day fourteen of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)]

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    The Sunday's victory marked the fourth U.S. Open final and third title for Nadal but the first time without Novak Djokovic on the other side of the net. [Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates his win against South Africa's Kevin Anderson. (Photo: Reuters)]

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    31-year-old Nadal while reacting to his victory said, "Personally it’s just unbelievable what happened this year after a couple years with some troubles, injuries, some moments playing not good." He added, "Since the first important event of the year in Australia I’ve been playing, I think, a very high level of tennis and closed the grand slam year winning here in New York," as quoted by Reuters. [Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Kevin Anderson of South Africa. (Photo: Reuters)]

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    For 31-year-old Anderson, a grand slam breakthrough was not to be, his booming serve having no impact against a near-perfect performance from Nadal in front of a sold-out crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Nadal committed just 11 unforced errors in his 23rd major final. [Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Kevin Anderson of South Africa. (Photo: Reuters)]

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    Anderson while praising his opponent said, "We are the same age but I feel I’ve been watching you my whole life. You are an idol of mine." He added, "You are one of the greatest ambassadors of our sport." [Rafael Nadal (R) poses for photos with Kevin Anderson (L) after winning the men's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament. (Photo: AP)]

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    With the title within sight, Nadal locked in on the prize, breaking Anderson to open the final set. [Rafael Nadal reacts during action against Kevin Anderson. (Photo: Reuters)]

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    Nadal was quick to put his opponent’s composure and service game to the test, and Anderson needed to fight off a pair of break chances at 1-1 and again at 2-2. However, Nadal continued to apply the heat until his persistence was finally rewarded with a break to go up 4-3.[Rafael Nadal (R) is congratulated by Kevin Anderson (L). (Photo: Reuters)]

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    In the end, Anderson and the crowd could only watch as Nadal punched his hands into the air in victory, one finger raised to signal his status as number one in New York and the world. [Rafael Nadal holds the trophy. (Photo: Reuters)]

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