Novak Djokovic

Anderson is dominated by his idol in Open final as Nadal wins 16th Grand Slam title

Anderson is dominated by his idol in Open final as Nadal wins 16th Grand Slam title

Yes, Rafael Nadal was dealt a favorable hand when injuries prevented Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and other top-20 players from competing in the U.S. Open, and yes, Nadal’s hand improved considerably when Roger Federer bowed out in the quarterfinals and postponed the duo’s first-ever meeting at Flushing Meadows.

But while circumstances dictated that Nadal didn’t have to face a single top-20 player he still had to play out that hand, and he did it masterfully. Completing a comeback from two injury-marred seasons, Nadal mowed down 28th-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium to win his 16th Grand Slam singles title. That it was his...