Nadal Wins US Open 2017 Title Against Anderson
September 11, 2017
Rafael Nadal was the second most favored player among Bitcoin sportsbook platforms in the US Open this year, and he had just won the title against Kevin Anderson. Nadal’s US Open 2017 title puts him close to Roger Federer’s record.
Nadal’s win in the finals can in part be credited to Juan Martin del Potro who defeated Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. Many Bitcoin sportsbooks expected a finals showdown between Nadal and del Potro. Therefore, many see Nadal’s victory as del Potro’s as well, despite the latter’s loss to the former in the semifinal round.
Bet365 had Nadal on 3.50 while William Hill set him at 3.75 in the US Open outright market. Bookmakers based their odds on Nadal’s performance during clay season when he was simply unstoppable. They also considered his two US Open titles.
Nadal showed that he is a serious threat in the Flushing Meadow’s hard court, too. He was virtually untouchable throughout the Open without any other top players to play against him.
Kevin Anderson felt the pressure in the finals against Nadal since this is Anderson’s first finals match. Nadal dominated on his serve where he only lost 15 points and never faced a single break point.
Anderson, on the other hand, was already playing on full cylinders from the start of the match. He strained under the pressure when he did a forehand toward the tramlines. There was no breathing room for him throughout the match where he committed 40 unforced errors.
The match ended 6-3, 6-3, 6-4. Despite being the same age, Anderson said that he idolizes Nadal, adding:
“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.”
Juan Martin del Potro’s “victory”
Most people were looking forward to Federer and Nadal to clash in the semifinals. del Potro was not expecting to reach the semifinals due to four wrist operations which took the power out of his backhand. The outcome of the quarterfinals between Federer and del Potro was a surprise to many spectators.
The no. 1 world ranking player had struggled with injuries throughout his career. He was benched throughout most events in 2016 due to his knee and missed out on the clay season in order to focus on recovering from his injuries. Even with the condition of his body, Federer took his eighth Wimbledon title and the Australian Open this year.
During the quarterfinals, Federer could not bring back his previous performance that won him his two Grand Slams this year. del Potro has the crowd support where most were chanting ‘Ole’.
Del Potro delivered on his serves and returns which got through Federer. In the last set point, del Potro sent a strong forehand to win the game. The match was close wherein both had 15 unforced errors.