Rafael Nadal once again proved that age is just a number, as he lifted his 16th career Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows, edging out Kevin Anderson in straight sets for one of his most comfortable final wins.
Having also won the French Open crown for a record 11th time, Nadal looks to be back in form. With rival Roger Federer winning the other two slams, it was a throwback to the last decade when they ruled the tennis world.
Nadal has often been called the ‘King of Clay’ for his unparalleled supremacy on the surface. He has lifted a record 11 titles at the French Open, s record for most wins at a single competition, surpassing the likes of Federer, Borg etc. He has also lifted the Monte Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open 10 times, once again a record for any Master series.
After starting off very strongly in this year’s US Open, he slowly built momentum as has generally been the case. But with top seed Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer all falling short of the Final, it was left to young gun Anderson to the Spaniard from reaching the elusive 16 Slam title. However, Nadal with all his experience and his newly found form was too good and ended up winning the tie on a canter.
Once again, he has eyes set on Federer’s record for the most Slam titles, and the way things have gone this year, one can not put it past either of these two players to add to their tally. But with age on his side, Rafa has once again reignited hopes that he may be able to catch the Swiss maestro after all and cement his place as one of the Greatest of all time. The left-handed, World Number One is on course for another stupendous year, and had it not been for Federer, he may well have wrapped up the GOAT title many years ago.