Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Nadal makes hardcourts look easy for third US Open crown

Nadal makes hardcourts look easy for third US Open crown

Nadal, back at No. 1 at age 31, underscored his resurgence by defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, in a US Open singles final on Sunday that was no surprise at this late stage of this tennis revival.

"To close the Grand Slam year winning at NY feels good, that's one of the events that's really full of high energy".

For Nadal, it was his fifth title of the year and 74th of his career while the $3.7 million (3.07 euros) winners prize boosted his earnings to a shade under $90 million. I'll work very hard to hopefully give myself another opportunity.

In the first round, while Nadal won easily his service games, Anderson, is particularly vulnerable on his second bullet of service, was quickly under pressure: it took him as well to fight nearly ten minutes to win his second game of service.

New York - American Sloane Stephens has won 24 of its first title of Grand Slam in its first final by beating her compatriot Madison Keys, 16th, world, 6-3, 6-0, Saturday in New York.

Nadal dropped three sets over the two weeks and never needed more than four to advance.

"We are in an era that is not nice to say, because I'm part of it, but we are in an era that some players make incredible things in this sport, no? When I am in a positive moment, probably like now, I don't believe that I am that good". Two problems with that: Anderson is not usually a serve-and-volleyer and so is no expert at that tactic; Nadal is superb at summoning passing shots at extreme speeds and angles, especially when facing the sort of target provided by the 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Anderson, the tallest Grand Slam finalist in history. "Playing at this level, I think they feel very comfortable, and obviously they might get nervous, but just like anything, the more you do it, the more used to it you get". "It's great to see the jump I've made and the spots I have been able to climb, something I can be very proud of".

'I think he blended that very well tonight against me.

Federer began this season at No. 16, having missed the last half while letting his back and left knee heal. "I've always fought. This is just adding an element, something I will definitely be continuing with". Among men, only Roger Federer has more, with 19.

"I'm very happy with all the things that are happening to me". I have this trophy with me. It is so important winning on hardcourt again. With injuries, everything seems impossible. He consistently got deep into Anderson's service games, standing way back behind the baseline to the point where you could not see him on the television broadcast.

I wake up every morning with the passion to go on court and to try to improve things.

"I still want to compete and still feel the nerves every time that I go on court, While that keeps happening, I will be here".

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