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Rafael Nadal knocks off Kevin Anderson in straight-set win to lift US Open

Spanish tennis star, Rafael Nadal picked up his 16th Grand Slam title following a straight-set victory over South Africa's Kevin Anderson in the final of the US Open.

Nadal powered to a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory to claim his third career US Open in Sunday's final at the Flushing Meadows as well as his second Grand Slam this year having won the French Open back in June.

The World Number One expressed his delight at his successes this year following years of injury troubles and drop in form. The 31-year old said;

"It's just unbelievable what happened this year. After a couple of years with some troubles, injuries, sometimes playing not good - since the beginning of the season it has been very, very emotional".

The Spaniard also took out time to appreciate his uncle and coach, Toni who has been in charge of his training for a long time. He added;

"I can't thank him enough for all the things he did for me. Probably without him, I would never be playing tennis and it's great I had somebody like him pushing me all the time".

This year's Grand Slams have been shared between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer with Nadal picking up the French and US Opens whereas Federer picked up the Australian Open as well as Wimbledon.

Federer tops the men's all-time Grand Slam with 19 titles while Nadal comes in second with 16 including 10 French Opens, 3 US Opens, 2 Wimbledon and 1 Australian Open.

 

Congratulations to Rafael Nadal on winning the US Open!

 

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