By Chineze Ogugua
Nadal claimed his third U.S. Open championship and his 16th Grand slam title as his dismissed South African opponent Kevin Anderson in three straight sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in New York.
Nadal expressed happiness in overcoming setbacks while giving the credit to his Uncle who is also his coach.
“It has been a very special two weeks for me, but congratulations to Kevin. He’s a great example to a lot of kids, had a lot of tough injuries. Personally, it’s unbelievable what’s happened to me after a couple of years of injuries, playing not so good. But I’ve been playing a high level of tennis and the crowd here brings me to a higher level of energy.”
“Without him (UNCLE TONI) I would never be playing tennis. It is great I had someone like him pushing me all the time. He had great motivation to practise with me since I was a kid. He is for sure one of the most important people in my life.”
Anderson on his part was elated at playing in his first grand slam final.
“Getting to my first grand slam final, there’s been a lot of emotions for me. I’ll keep working hard. I’ll be back.”
Nadal’s 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win was his fourth in a New York final and his fifth win over Anderson.
Like Federer, Nadal has now won two Grand Slam singles titles this year.