Rafa Nadal faces life after Uncle Toni

World number 32 Anderson was the lowest-ranked US Open men's finalist since the ATP rankings began 44 years ago.

Consider this stat: Since the 2003 Wimbledon Championships, 47 Grand Slams have been won by Federer (19), Nadal (16), or Djokovic (12). "But here we are".

Rafa and Roger, No. 1 and No. 2, will continue to battle for that year-end top spot until the season ends.

Federer began this season at No. 16, having missed the last half while letting his back and left knee heal.

The 2009 champion Del Potro has always been a sentimental favourite on the tour, a status created by his lengthy battles against wrist injuries, which required four surgeries. "He seems to have turned around a lot of those injuries he's experienced the last couple of years".

Only Nadal, Pete Sampras and Ken Rosewall have managed the feat of winning Grand Slam titles in their teens, 20s and 30s.

Regained the title the following year, beating Soderling in the final.

THE US Open was minus Andy Murray but his big brother Jamie continues to motor on after winning the mixed title in NY.

The top-seeded Nadal also won the French Open in June and claimed two major titles in the same year for the first time since his last triumph at Flushing Meadows in 2013.

"In Miami we tried to change a few things, but it didn't work", Moya said, as quoted by the Independent. Nadal has 16, but is almost five years younger than Federer.

"No different than the other times when he won tournament of the grand slam".

It was a ruthless demolition job by a man playing his 23rd Grand Slam final, up against an opponent in his first.

"However‚ after having spoken to Kevin‚ his mother‚ as well as several TSA stalwarts‚ who have been in the system for years‚ I have come to conclusion that - while our Federation has supported Kevin more than most people realise‚ on balance we have not supported him enough. In addition to that is just the amount of experience they have had", Anderson said. It has been an awesome season of course after a couple with injures and troubles.

It's a point to discuss when you factor in how dominant the big four (Federer, Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray) have been over the past decade and longer. Nadal, as his hands and head looked to the sky, won his third US Open and •16th overall major. All could return to contention for big prizes next year.

If Nadal does beat the 32nd ranked Anderson in the decider, he'll become the first man to win a major tournament without facing a player inside the world's top 25 along the way.

Sad yet bolstered, an Anderson who has worked to be more emotional in matches was of two minds after finishing. And I wake up every morning with a passion to go on court and try to improve things and probably that is why I still have chances to compete in this sport and to do it well.

"I really never thought much about that. But I won't. It's just as simple as that". "He does his way", Nadal responded. Let's see when we finish.

  • Leroy Wright