US Open betting tips: Nadal vs Anderson prediction

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It’s the closing day at the last grand slam event of the year and we’ve picked out our US Open tennis betting tips for the men’s singles final at Flushing Meadows.

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Rafael Nadal to beat Kevin Anderson 3-1 @ 27/10

Nadal wasn’t overly-impressive in the early rounds but seems to have gotten stronger and stronger as the tournament has progressed.

The Spaniard is looking to win his first grand slam title away from the French Open since the second of his victories in New York in 2013.

And if the 31-year-old can maintain the form he showed when beating Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6 6-0 6-3 6-2 in the semis, it will take a truly exceptional performance to deny him a 16th major title.

Nadal has come a long way in eight years on hard courts and, although Del Potro tried to dig in, the pressure from the other end was relentless.

“It means a lot to be here,” said Nadal. “It’s been an amazing season after a couple of years with some troubles. This year has been very emotional.

“To have the chance to be in another final here is very, very important for me. We did a lot of good work, we believed in what we were doing and I still have the passion and the love for this game.”

Anderson, who stands 6ft 8in, defeated Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 to become the first South African player to reach a grand slam singles final since Kevin Curren made two in the mid-1980s.

He began nervously against Carreno Busta, understandably aware of the opportunity in front of him, but once he found his range in the second set he began to dominate.

Overcoming Rafa will be a totally different ball game, but the underdog has been serving well enough to suggest he can pick up a set and land our Nadal vs Anderson prediction.

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.