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US Open men's final 2017: Follow live updates from Rafael Nadal vs Kevin Anderson at Flushing Meadows

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Rafael Nadal will play for his 16th Grand Slam title and third at the U.S. Open when he faces No. 28 seed Kevin Anderson in the final.

Nadal is second to Roger Federer in men’s major titles, while Anderson will be playing in his first Grand Slam final on Sunday.

The top-seeded Nadal also won the French Open in June and is looking to win two major titles in the same year for the first time since 2013, when he won the last of his two U.S. Open crowns.

The Spaniard is appearing in his 23rd Grand Slam final, including third this season, and has won all four of his previos meetings against the South African.

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Kevin Anderson and Rafael Nadal will face off for the US Open (Getty 2017)

Anderson, at No. 32, is trying to become the lowest-ranked U.S. Open champion. Andre Agassi was No. 20 when he won in 1994.

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Follow all of the live action below.

Live Updates

2 mins ago

Anderson 3-4 Nadal*
Finally, Nadal has his breakthrough!
It’s taking the Spaniard 47-minutes but he’s finally broken Anderson. And the underdog will be disappointed with how his resistance was finally ended. At deuce, he double-faulted to giftwrap Nadal a break point, before charging the net and blasting a passing shot well wide of the line to fall 4-3 behind in the opening set.
9 mins ago

Anderson* 3-3 Nadal
Another quick service game, although Anderson had a good chance at 15-30 to bring up two break points only to send his backhand return a fraction too long.
Nadal fights back and holds. 3-3.
15 mins ago
15 mins ago

Anderson 3-2 Nadal*
Anderson under pressure again as Nadal brings up yet another break point, at 30-40. But the South African catches him out, slowing his second serve all the way down. Nadal completely misreads it and thwacks his return long. Clever stuff from the underdog.
But a similar gamble a few seconds later fails to pay off. This time Anderson goes big on his second serve and it flies out. A second break point for Nadal, but Anderson defends it with an ace.
Are we in for another titanic Anderson service game? Looks that way! Anderson thinks he’s won the game with a thumping forehand down the line, but Nadal wisely challenges and HawkEye shows that the ball was out by less than an inch.
He then spurns another advantage when he charges the net, only to send his drop volley wide. But he holds with a big serve Nadal is unable to return.
35 minutes and we’re only though 5 games!
27 mins ago

Anderson* 2-2 Nadal
After that titanic previous game, this one zips past. Nadal holds to love. He’s only lost one point on serve so far.
30 mins ago

Anderson 2-1 Nadal*
This is a very aggressive start from the South African, he’s swinging for the lines and taking the ball exceptionally early. Occasionally a little too early: At 15-0 he’s in control of a baseline rally but pulls the trigger too early, slamming his crosscourt forehand wide of the line.
At 15-30 he’s in a minor spot of bother when his first serve clatters the net, but he holds his nerve and wins the point when Nadal shoots long.
Nadal then takes Anderson to deuce … and gets the first break point of the final with a sublime spinning return! Forced into the corner of the court, a pirouetting Nadal somehow flicks a looping backhand down the line. Anderson thinks it’s going out and leaves it, but the ball clips the tape and it’s Nadal who wins the point.
The first seed then looks on the verge of breaking when he seizes control of the subsequent rally, but his attempted winner down the line is too flat and cracks into the net. Anderson loses the next point but again defends the break point.
More drama: A big kick-serve to the ad court gets Anderson to advantage, but the South African then double-faults and we’re back to deuce. Anderson then hits his best shot of the match, trading blows with Nadal from the baseline before ripping a sublime crosscourt winner. His next shot is long though … deuce again.
Will this game ever end?! Yes! After defending three break points, Anderson hits two more big serves down the line and holds.
43 mins ago

Anderson* 1-1 Nadal
Nadal starts confidently – and impressively. At 30-15, he hits a superb unreturnable second serve to really take control of his first service game. Anderson gambles on the next point, absolutely belting his service return down the line, but it’s long. 1-1.
48 mins ago

Anderson 1-0 Nadal* (* Denotes next server)
Here we go then! Anderson to serve first, but he loses the first point when he belts an attempted passing shot into the net. He takes a deep breath … and then sends two big first-serves whistling down the middle of the court. Nadal gets his racquet to both, but is unable to return them.
Anderson gets aggressive on the next point, following up his serve and attacking the net. But Nadal dictates the pace of the point from the baseline and wins it when Anderson hits long.
A 136mph serve gets Anderson to 40-30. Nadal takes him to deuce, but Anderson then smashes two aces to hold his first service game.
58 mins ago

The pair are having their knock up as fans continue to pile into the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Kevin Anderson wins the toss and the South African is going to serve first. 
1 hour ago

Here we go! Both men walk onto the court to huge cheers. Anderson wearing aqua blue, Nadal in all black.
1 hour ago

And here’s something on how Kevin Anderson is planning on spoiling Nadal’s party…
1 hour ago

Before the players appear on court, some background reading.
Here’s why a resurgent Rafa Nadal is the overwhelming favourite this evening…
2 hours ago

Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the 2017 men’s US Open final, between Rafa Nadal and Kevin Anderson.
The match is expected to get underway at around 9pm BST, but stick with us in the meantime as we bring you build-up ahead of the showpiece final.

What time is it?

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The final is expected to start at 9pm BST. That’s 4pm in New York.

What have they been saying?

Rafael Nadal

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Nadal is the favourite to win the final (Getty)

“For me, what is more important than winning Slams is to be happy.

“I am happy if I am healthy and happy if I feel competitive in most of the weeks that I am playing, and that’s what happened this year.

“Of course winning or losing that final is a big change, but I am very happy about all the things that happen to me and I am going to fight to win another title here.

“But it’s still been a great season for me.”

Kevin Anderson

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Anderson has never played in a Slam final before (Getty)

“I knew in my mind there was opportunity there, but I must be honest, I didn’t focus really too much on that.

“We are sort of accustomed to the few guys doing well, exceptional consistency.

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“It’s tough beating those guys because they have had so much experience at this level.

“Even with them out, there have still been a lot of challenges I’ve had to face throughout this week. I have faced some of the best tennis players in the world.”

Odds

Nadal to win: 1/8
Anderson to win: 11/2 

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