Nadal not nerves my undoing – Anderson

First-time grand slam finalist, South African Kevin Anderson said he felt relaxed going into Sunday’s U.S. Open decider but was overwhelmed by the “conundrum” of Rafa Nadal’s ruthless all-court game. Although the same age as the 31-year-old Spaniard, the late-blooming South African faced an opponent contesting his 23rd grand slam final and fourth at Flushing Meadows. “I think the nerves that I was maybe going to feel, you know, I felt pretty good out there,” Anderson told reporters after his 6-3 6-3 6-4 defeat. ”I thought I was hitting the…

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Nadal trounces Anderson for 16th Grand Slam

World Number one Rafa Nadal trounced South African Kevin Anderson in three straight sets 6-3 6-3 6-4 to lift his 16th Grand Slam trophy, his third in New York. Nadal broke Anderson in the first set to go up 4-3, after the two players had held serve three games apiece. Nadal reaped bountifully from Anderson’s erratic forehand, such that midway in the first set, he had logged 20 unforced errors. Nadal and Anderson after the game Sunday’s final marked Nadal’s fourth and the first time that he did not have…

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