Rafael Nadal performs his signature bite on the US Open trophy. (AP Photo)

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.

Nadal remains No. 1, while Roger Federer moves into the No. 2 slot.