Rafael Nadal will be too strong for Kevin Anderson in the US Open final and seems certain to claim his 16th Grand Slam title on Sunday.
Nadal has beaten the South African on each of their four previous meetings and has the big-match experience while this will be Anderson’s first Grand Slam final appearance.
Anderson has a big serve which means the odds of 5/2 on Nadal winning the final in four sets should be taken up, but he lacks the all-round game to trouble the Spaniard over five sets.
Anderson is currently at 28 in the world rankings and is the first South African to reach a Grand Slam final since Kevin Curren was involved in the 1984 Australian Open final.
However, Nadal is enjoying a fine 2017 having seemingly been in terminal decline since his 2014 French Open triumph. He claimed his 10th title in Paris earlier this year will surely add the US Open to his tally.
The women’s final is an all-American affair involving two players that have had similar careers – Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens.
They have both struggled with injuries this year with Stephens only recently returning to action after being sidelined for almost 12 months following foot surgery, while Keys missed the first two months of the season after having wrist surgery.
Stephens won through to the first Grand Slam final of her career by beating Venus Williams in a fluctuating last-four clash at Arthur Ashe Stadium while Keys enjoyed a more straightforward 6-1 6-2 victory against CoCo Vandeweghe.
Stephens is 37/20 to win the final and 4/1 to triumph in straight sets, while Keys is 10/21 to win the opening set in what is the first Grand Slam final to feature two American players since the 2002 US Open, when Serena Williams defeated Venus.