Anderson no match for vintage Nadal

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Kevin Anderson has done extraordinarily well to reach the US Open final but does not have the game to trouble number one seed Rafael Nadal.

The 31-year-old Spaniard is 1/10 to win the US Open for a third time, following his triumphs in 2010 when he beat Novak Djokovic in the final and four years ago when he also beat the Serbian.

Nadal has beaten South African Anderson in each of their four previous meetings and is 20/29 to win Sunday’s final in three sets.

Anderson, who is the lowest ranked men’s singles finalist at the US Open since rankings began in 1973, has enjoyed his best ever year, having reached the fourth round at both Wimbledon and the French Open before his excellent run at Flushing Meadows.

He has had a fortunate draw, seeing off Sam Querrey in four sets in the quarter-finals before defeating Pablo Carreno Busta in the last four, and his luck will surely run out against Nadal, who is aiming for the 16th Grand Slam title of his illustrious career.

Nadal had not secured a Grand Slam since his 2014 French Open triumph until he won in Paris for a 10th time three months ago. He is 3/1 to win the first set on Sunday 6-4.

He was at his sublime best when beating Juan Martin del Potro, who had knocked Roger Federer out in the quarter-finals, 4-6 6-0 6-3 6-2 in the last four and is 5/2 to win the final in four sets.

Anderson’s chief weapon is his big serve – he fired down 22 aces in the semi-finals – but that will not be enough to come out on top against Nadal.

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