After facing over two years of tennis-drought, Rafael Nadal is back on the race for top with a stupendous victory against Kevin Anderson in the 2017 US Open men’s final on Sunday – giving Nadal his 16th Grand Slam title.
Nadal described 2017 as ‘one of the best of his career’ after winning his 16th Grand Slam title which is also his 3rd US Open title; certainly because it will help Nadal in the case to become world’s topmost tennis player. With a record of 19 Grand Slams, Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player of all times, and he is surprisingly getting better each day; but Nadal is on his chase with a score of 16 Grand Slams. Nadal won the final of US Open on Sunday with a score of 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 – marking a clinical win against 28th seeded Kevin Anderson at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
With this, Nadal is short of just 3 Grand Slams – which is in no sense ‘just’ as it is a huge difference in tennis world, but it is still intriguing. This tournament opened a lot of talks about Roger-Nadal, but Nadal says that he has never really thought of beating Roger to become the best tennis player and he just keeps doing his thing – sportsmanship at its best. But don’t think that other people in tennis don’t. Anderson said that the rivalry between Federer and Nadal is alive and kicking with a very close competition. What makes this season meaningful to Nadal is that he had won the game after two-and-half years, he made promise of playing tennis as long as his body will allow him to, and that this was the last season for one of the most important person in Nadal’s life – Toni Nadal – Rafael’s coach for life.
Toni has been coaching Nadal since he was 3 years and it would be impossible for the top-notch player to imagine playing without his uncle-cum-coach in the box, where he has been since 28 years. A grand victory at the US Open on Sunday will mark an epitome farewell to Uncle Toni from being Nadal’s coach.