US Open Men’s Final Preview

The US Open Men’s Championship on Sunday is a battle of contrasts – swashbuckling top seed Rafael Nadal seeking his 16th Major title vs. 6’ 8” big serving No. 28 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa playing in his first Major final.  Chris Fowler will call the match, joined in the Arthur Ashe Stadium booth by John and Patrick McEnroe, with Darren Cahill contributing from the sideline.

Both are 31, but the similarities end there:

  • Nadal has 73 career titles and will play his 23rd Major final (winning 15, second only to Roger Federer’s 19).
  • Nadal regained the No. 1 in the world ranking in August, the fourth time in his career and first since June 2014.
  • Anderson has three career titles, and his previous best Major performance was reaching the quarterfinals of the 2015 US Open.
  • Anderson has been ranked as high as No. 10 in the world (October 2015).
  • Anderson played three seasons of college tennis at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a three-time All-American in singles and two-time All-American in doubles. During his sophomore year (2005–06), he won the national doubles championship with playing partner Ryan Rowe.
  • They’ve met on the court four times, with Nadal winning each, including in the Round of 16 at the 2015 Australian Open and earlier this year on the clay in Barcelona.