US Open

As it happened: Kevin Anderson v Rafael Nadal

2017-09-11 01:00
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11 Sep 08:07
11 Sep 01:10

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It was just a bridge too far for Anderson.

He fought gamely but in the end just made too many unforced errors - 40 compared to Nadal's 11.

Anderson also won only 16 out of 34 net points (47%), while Nadal was a perfect 16 from 16 at the net.

Anderson should however hold his head high. He lost to one of the game's greats!

Nadal, with 16 majors, is now just three behind Roger Federer's record of 19.

11 Sep 00:54
It's Nadal's 16th Grand Slam title and his third US Open title.
11 Sep 00:53

GAME SET AND MATCH NADAL!

He beats Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

11 Sep 00:53
Nadal finishes it with a serve an volley point!
11 Sep 00:52
A big Nadal serve brings up his second match point...
11 Sep 00:52
A good backhand return from Anderson forces a Nadal error. One match point saved...
11 Sep 00:51
40-30. Nadal has match point as Anderson returns long...
11 Sep 00:50
30-all as Anderson comes up with a great volley winner at the net...
11 Sep 00:49
30-15 as Anderson hits an easy overhead long... it's just not his day... sigh...
11 Sep 00:49
15-all as a great Anderson return forces a Nadal error...
11 Sep 00:47
15-0 as Anderson returns into the net...
11 Sep 00:47
Anderson has made 39 unforced errors. Nadal just 10...
11 Sep 00:46
Nadal will now be stepping up to serve for the US Open...
11 Sep 00:45

Anderson holds serve to 15 to keep things going.

Third set: Nadal *5-4 Anderson

Second set: Nadal 6-3

First set: Nadal 6-3

11 Sep 00:42

Nadal holds to love and is one game away from the title.

Third set: Nadal 5-3* Anderson

Second set: Nadal 6-3

First set: Nadal 6-3

11 Sep 00:41
Anderson just unable to get even a sniff on the Nadal service games...
11 Sep 00:38

Anderson with a relatively comfortable hold but he is running out of time...

Third set: Nadal *4-3 Anderson

Second set: Nadal 6-3

First set: Nadal 6-3

11 Sep 00:34

Nadal holds to 30.

Third set: Nadal 4-2 Anderson*

Second set: Nadal 6-3

First set: Nadal 6-3

11 Sep 00:33
Nadal has won 15 out of 15 net points, Anderson 14/30 (47%).
11 Sep 00:32
8 aces to 1 is one of the few areas where Anderson has topped Nadal in this match.
11 Sep 00:28
Anderson now receiving treatment at the change over for a bleeding finger...
11 Sep 00:28

Anderson with a love service game but it's perhaps too little too late...

Third set: *Nadal 3-2 Anderson

Second set: Nadal 6-3

First set: Nadal 6-3

11 Sep 00:25

Nadal holds to 30.

Third set: Nadal 3-1 Anderson*

Second set: Nadal 6-3

First set: Nadal 6-3

11 Sep 00:23
Anderson just unable to make any inroads on the Nadal serve. The Spaniard is keeping the big South African off balance...
11 Sep 00:19

Finally, an easy service hold for Anderson!

Third set: *Nadal 2-1 Anderson

Second set: Nadal 6-3

First set: Nadal 6-3

11 Sep 00:18

This Grand Slam will surely be Nadal's easiest one ever. He played five unseeded players in his first five matches, before facing 24th seeded Juan Martin del Potro and 28th-seeded Kevin Anderson. It can't get much easier for a world No 1 in a major...

11 Sep 00:16

Another easy service hold for Nadal.

Third set: Nadal 2-0 Anderson*

Second set: Nadal 6-3

First set: Nadal 6-3

11 Sep 00:13
Anderson facing Everest right now... and then some...
11 Sep 00:11

From 40-15 up, Anderson loses four straight points to drop serve at the start of the third set.

Third set: Anderson 0-1 Nadal*

Second set: Nadal 6-3

First set: Nadal 6-3

11 Sep 00:03

SECOND SET NADAL!

Nadal comfortably serves out the the set to take a two sets to love lead.

Nadal leads 6-3, 6-3 and is one set away from a 16th Grand Slam title.

 

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