Nadal wins 2017 US Open

The final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the 2017 calendar ended with yet another victory for Rafael Nadal and an even split of the Grand Slam season for Nadal and Roger Federer at two championships apiece.

Federer had won the first, the Australian Open, in January, defeating Nadal in the final. He then withdrew from the grueling clay courts of Roland Garros in May, citing injury, leaving the French Open title for Nadal to annex. Federer came back at Wimbledon to take the tournament title and won his record eighth crown, defeating Marin Cilic.

Nadal defeated Kevin Anderson in the finals of the U.S. Open, where he would have met Federer in the semifinals had the Swiss not lost in the round before, to take his third U.S. championship.

For Federer, now 35 years of age, 2017 was a vintage year in which he attained a career record of 19 Grand Slam titles. He is also now the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the open era. For Nadal, now 30 years old, 2017 was also a vintage year in which he attained a career record of 16 Grand Slam titles, also becoming the first man to win ten times at Roland Garros.