Match Preview: Is the US Open final a bleak fight?

Match is scheduled for 4 PM ET today at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, NYC, New York.

Kevin Anderson, one of the most unexpected finalists in a Grand Slam this year, will face World No. 1 Rafael Nadal today in the US Open 2017 Final. Reaching the final is a huge achievement for Anderson and is his career best performance till now, as prior to this he has reached a Grand Slam quarter-final, at the stretch. The rivalry of Nadal and Anderson has been there for a while, since their junior tennis days, and now will square off at the US Open final.

The problem for Anderson is that Rafa has been looking less and less troubled with each match at the Open. This will be Rafael Nadal’s 23rd Grand Slam Final and Kevin Anderson’s debut, which clearly bends all the predictions to one side. But while Nadal eyes on this 3rd US Open title, he won’t take Anderson on an easy note at any cost as he has been struggling for a past couple of years, and finally after a long time, the ball again arrives to his court and definitely wouldn’t want the title barking up the wrong tree.

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KEVIN ANDERSON: Upper Hand
Rafael Nadal said on facing Kevin Anderson: “A very, very tough one. He’s a huge player with an unbelievable serve. And sure, He has been a heavy server throughout the tournament. The 28th-seeded South African has dropped serve only five times in six tournament matches. Anderson is a three-time All-American in singles and two-time All-American in doubles at Illinois.

RAFAEL NADAL: Upper Hand
Nadal, the top seed in men’s field, World No. 1, couple of US Open titles, roars into his 4th US Open final. He is playing for his 16th Grand Slam title, including his third US Open crown. He is into his full swing, and has out-shown everybody with his remarkable performance this year. A tough one for Anderson, that’s what all the stats say!

StatBox: The Preview Statistics
1. Head-to-head: Nadal leads 4-0 – Last meeting: Nadal d. Anderson, 6-3, 6-4, in 2017 in Barcelona.

2. Nadal leads the tournament with 37 service breaks—14 more than Anderson.

3. Anderson leads the tournament with 114 aces—86 more than Nadal. Both men have hit 18 double faults in the tournament.

4. Anderson advanced to his first Grand Slam final in his 34th major, while Nadal has lost his last eight hard-court finals.

5. Anderson’s average first-serve speed of 126 mph and average second-serve speed of 105 mph were 14 mph and 11 mph faster than Nadal’s average first and second speed deliveries.

Let’s hope for the best! Stay tuned.


		
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