Business-like Nadal banks third US Open title

NEW YORK, Sept 10 (Reuters) - A relentless Rafael Nadal thumped Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-3 6-4 to win the U.S. Open on Sunday, earning the Spaniard his second grand slam title of the season and 16th of his career.

While women's tennis produced three first-time grand slam winners this season the old guard continues to reign supreme in the men's game with Nadal and longtime rival Roger Federer sweeping the majors with two apiece.

It marked the fourth U.S. Open final and third title for Nadal but the first time that he did not have Novak Djokovic standing on the other side of the net.

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Tennis - US Open - Mens Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Sept 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain after breaking the serve of Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the Men's Final in Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Tennis - US Open - Mens Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Kevin Anderson of South Africa reacts during play against Rafael Nadal of Spain. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Tennis - US Open - Mens Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Kevin Anderson of South Africa.
Tennis - US Open - Mens Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Kevin Anderson of South Africa in action against Rafael Nadal of Spain. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Tennis - US Open - Men's Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Kevin Anderson of South Africa in action against Rafael Nadal of Spain. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Tennis - US Open - Mens Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Kevin Anderson of South Africa in action against Rafael Nadal of Spain. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Tennis - US Open - Mens Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Kevin Anderson of South Africa. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Tennis - US Open - Mens Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Kevin Anderson of South Africa. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Tennis - US Open - Mens Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his win against Kevin Anderson of South Africa. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Tennis - US Open - Mens Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Kevin Anderson of South Africa. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Tennis - US Open - Mens Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his win against Kevin Anderson of South Africa. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Tennis - US Open - Mens Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his win against Kevin Anderson of South Africa. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Tennis - US Open - Mens Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Kevin Anderson of South Africa in action against Rafael Nadal of Spain. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Tennis - US Open - Mens Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Rafael Nadal (R) of Spain is congratulated by Kevin Anderson of South Africa. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Tennis - US Open - Mens Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Tennis - US Open - Men's Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Kevin Anderson of South Africa in action against Rafael Nadal of Spain . REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Tennis - US Open - Men's Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Kevin Anderson of South Africa. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Tennis - US Open - Men's Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Kevin Anderson of South Africa. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Tennis - US Open - Men's Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Kevin Anderson of South Africa. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Sep 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Kevin Anderson of South Africa returns a shot to Rafael Nadal of Spain in the mens finals on day fourteen of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Sept 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain hits to Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the Men's Final in Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Flag is unfurled before the match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the mens finals on day fourteen of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Sept 10, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the Men's Final in Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Tennis - US Open - Mens Final - New York, U.S. - September 10, 2017 - Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Kevin Anderson of South Africa. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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The world number one was as brilliant as he was business-like keeping the towering South African under constant pressure while not facing a single break point.

For journeyman Anderson 31, a grand slam breakthrough was not to be, his booming serve having no impact while Nadal delivered a near-perfect performance for a soldout crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium committing just 11 unforced errors. (Editing by Frank Pingue)

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