Sweet 16: Nadal claims US Open final win

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after beating Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, to win the men's singles final
Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after beating Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, to win the men's singles final Adam Hunger

Rafael Nadal has outclassed Kevin Anderson in the men's US Open final to win his 16th major championship.

Nadal was completely dominant after a nervous start to wipe Anderson off the court in 63 6-3 6-4 in two hours and 37 minutes.

Nadal's win in New York is the easiest run to a grand slam title in the Open era - the Spaniard did not have to play anyone ranked inside the top 25 on the ATP Tour rankings.

Nadal was at his dominant best, giving Anderson nothing on his serves and making one of the biggest servers on the ATP Tour struggle to hold almost every service game.

It is Nadal's second Grand Slam title of the year and 16th of his career. Only his longtime rival Roger Federer has more, with 19.

At No. 32, Anderson was the lowest-ranked U.S. Open men's finalist since the ATP computer rankings began 44 years ago. He had never before been past the quarterfinals at any major tournament in 33 tries.

So the matchup shaped up as a mismatch and that's exactly what it was. The No. 1-ranked Nadal dominated every facet of the final. He broke the 6-foot-8 (1.98-meter) Anderson's big serve four times and never faced a break point himself.

Nadal improved to 16-7 in Grand Slam finals. For the first time since 2013, he appeared in three in a single season, losing to Federer at the Australian Open in January, then beating Stan Wawrinka for his record 10th French Open trophy in June.

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