Nadal, Stephens 2017 U.S. Open champions
Sep 12, 2017 | 4368 views | 0 0 comments | 205 205 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Photos: Michael O’Kane
Photos: Michael O’Kane
Rafael Nadal had no problem cruising to his third U.S. Open title, while Sloane Stephens made quick work of Madison Keys to take home the title in the all-American women’s final.

Stephens made history as the lowest seed to win the title in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. It was quite a turnaround for the Stephens who earlier this year was in a wheelchair following foot surgery. She entered the summer ranked 957 in the world; now she sits at 83rd.

“When I had surgery, I was not thinking that I would be anywhere near a U.S. Open title,” she said after the match. “Nor did I think I was going to be anywhere near the top 100.”

Stephens defeated 15th-ranked Madison Keys, 6,3, 6-0, in a match that last just over an hour.

On the men’s side, the top-seeded Nadal dispatched of Kevin Anderson in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. It is 16th Grand Slam title for the 31-year-old Spaniard. That is second most of all time, behind only Roger Federer who has 19.

“So very happy the way that I played, happy the way that I managed the pressure, and the way that I was competing during the whole event,” said Nadal. “Playing better or worse, the competitive spirit have been there in a very positive way all the time.”
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