UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Rafael Nadal put the exclamation point on his dominating U.S. Open performance with a straight set victory in the final.
On Sunday, Sept. 10, the 31-year-old Spaniard beat South Africa native Kevin Anderson, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, to claim his third U.S. Open championship, and the 16th Grand Slam title of his career.
That puts Nadal just three behind his rival Roger Federer for the most Grand Slam titles in history.
On the women’s side of the U.S. Open, one fact was never in doubt: an American was going to claim the championship. In fact, all four semifinalists in the women’s draw were Americans.
Sloane Stephens, 24, ultimately prevailed on Saturday, beating Madison Keys, 6-3, 6-0. Stephens, who was unseeded in this year’s tournament, becomes the first American woman not named Williams to win the tournament since 1998.
She’s since jumped 66 places in the WTA rankings, skyrocketing from number 83 to number 17.