NEW YORK: Rafael Nadal raced to a third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam crown on Sunday easing to a comfortable 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory over giant South African Kevin Anderson on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The world number one, the champion also in New York in 2010 and 2013, added the US title to the record 10th French Open he captured in June.
“Rafa, we are the same age but I have looked up to you all of my life,” said Anderson.
“It was an honor playing you. You are one of the great ambassadors of our sport.”
It was a desperately disappointing afternoon for Anderson, the world number 32 playing in his maiden Slam final at the 34th attempt.
He was the first South African in a US championship final since Cliff Drysdale in 1965 and was bidding to become his country’s first Slam champion since Johan Kriek at the 1981 Australian Open.