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Standing 2.03 metres tall, Kevin Anderson was the tallest man to ever play a Grand Slam tennis final, but that’s where the brave South African’s advantage ended as he was swept away in straight sets by the hurricane force that was Rafael Nadal in the US Open on Sunday evening.

Spain’s Nadal won 6-3 6-3 6-4 in the battle of the 31-year-olds.

It was Nadal’s fifth title of the year, his 16th Grand Slam title, and he won $3,7-million.

Anderson, bidding to become the first SA player in a Grand Slam since 1981, when Johan Kriek won the Australian Open, pocketed $1,82-million.

Anderson had never beaten Nadal in their four previous meetings and there was truly only one man in the final, which lasted 2hr 28min.

Nadal dropped only 15 points on his serve during the entire match and never had to defend a single break point.

Nerves clearly got to the big South African as he made 23 unforced errors in the first, compared to Nadal’s five.

Anderson still won the aces battle with 10 compared to one, but the unforced errors told a different story as Anderson racked up 40 compared to Nadal’s meagre 11.

Experience clearly played a major party in Nadal’s victory with him playing his 23rd Grand Slam final and Anderson only his first.

Despite the two players being the same age, Anderson says he has always looked up to Nadal, figuratively of course.

‘I know we’re the same age, but I feel like I’ve been watching you my whole life. You’re one of the toughest competitors in the game and one of the greatest ambassadors of our sport.

‘This isn’t the result I always wanted, but I’ll keep fighting and I’ll be back.’

Consolation will come in the knowledge that by reaching the final, he climbed 17 spots to No 15 in the ATP world rankings.

Picture of Anderson and an elated Nadal courtesy of Elsa/Getty Images


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