The world loves Rafael Nadal, but the collective tennis fanbase also clings to an underdog story, so the battle between the Spaniard and first time major finalist Kevin Anderson was a popular one. However, as most guessed, Nadal swept aside the South African in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.
His third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam title overall, Nadal has made 2017 a blast from the past, as he and Roger Federer have split the Slams, two each.
The 31-year-old was a favorite going in, but overcame many hurdles, including the dangerous Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals. He didn't face a break point in the final.
Twitter was abuzz with congratulations and reactions to the world No.1's victory.
"I can just say thank you very much to life for that opportunity." -Rafael Nadal giving a rare but deserved shoutout to life itself. #usopen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) September 10, 2017
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are the world's top two players for the first time since March 2011:— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) September 10, 2017
1. Nadal - 9,465
2. Federer - 7,505
Rafaaaa— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) September 10, 2017
Nadal remains No. 1, while Roger Federer moves into the No. 2 slot.