World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 28-seed Kevin Anderson will face off in the 2017 US Open Final, today Sunday in New York.
Nadal edged Juan Martin del Potro in four sets in the semi finals, while Kevin Anderson defeated Pablo Carreno Busta to become the lowest-ranked man to reach the final in New York since the ATP debuted its rankings in 1973.
Nadal has never lost to Anderson. In all four meetings between them, Nadal has won convincingly, dropping just one set in those four match-ups.
Nadal, who is bidding for a 16th Grand Slam title will play in his 23rd major final, but Anderson is making his debut in a slam final.
“I am very happy for him because I know him since we were 12,” said Nadal. “It’s great to see him in a final of one of the most important events of the year.”
Further speaking, he said, “It’s probably the most important match for me that remains of the year, so I’m going to try to play my best.”
Kevin Anderson was full of praise for Nadal, saying, “He (Nadal) is one of the greatest competitiors in sports, period. He’s an amazing fighter. He really controls the court well, the few times I’ve played him.”
“I really need to be dominant and control proceedings as much as possible, because if you let him do it, it’s very difficult.”
Can the Spaniard sustain his resurgence? Or will South Africa’s Anderson pull off one of the biggest upsets in major tournament history?
This final match is live from Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows at 21:00.