Grand slam for all of the tricks, in contrast to small slam or little slam for all but one, dates from early in the 19th century. Tennis has a long history of adopting golf custom and Grand slam appears to have entered tennis not directly from card sport but via golf as it was used sincewhen Bobby Jones won the four major championships, two British and two American tournaments. Although John F.
The Spaniard looks unimpressed. Anderson hits his return straight into the net, but wins the next point with a powerful riposte.
Oh no! Anderson misses a simple high volley, striking it long, to help Nadal move up. Is that it? Not immediately, as Anderson levels things again. The crowd noise rises, but it's Nadal who moves to championship point. Anderson saves it, the first time he has got to deuce against Nadal's serve in this final.
Huge serve from Nadal is too much for Anderson, whose racquet clatters into the ground.
And that's it! Sixteenth Grand Slam victory! Eighteen shots between the pair and Nadal is producing spectacular, hard-hitting tennis and looks in a hurry as he nears victory. Anderson follows it up with an ace to go level and another powerful serve to move ahead. He finishes the game with a big ace.
Nadal serving for the match. The Spaniard's slice serve is too much for his opponent, before Anderson strikes the ball wide.
Anderson returns into the net, game Nadal. Just too good, too much.
One game away. A yorker, in cricket parlance. He's still in this Anderson smashes a backhand right into the corner, forcing Nadal to go long.
Can he capitalise? Sadly for him, no. His cross court backhand goes well wide, before Nadal races up to the net to volley a winner. He's won 14 out of 14 net points tonight. Anderson's given a slight chance when Nadal scoops a forehand wide of the line, making it , but a powerful serve is too much for the 28th seed.
Nadal is now only two games away. The crowd roars with approval, keeping hope of this progressing beyond a third set just about alive.
Big game coming up. The Spaniard produces a fizzing ace to move to - giving a fan in the crowd a souvenir, too - but has a moment's lapse with a double fault.
Nadal goes long to bring it back to , but if the door was ajar for Anderson it's immediately shut. Nadal regains his two-game advantage. A powerful return zips its way straight towards Nadal, who cannot deal get enough of a racquet on it, before a big ace puts Anderson up. Another gets him off the mark in this third set.
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Time is running out. Nadal levels the game with a powerful cross court return, before the South African goes too long twice - his radar a little off. Anderson finds the net to give Nadal a break point, before hitting long to break serve.
Nadal wins second set It is all too easy for Nadal. His fourth love-service game closes out the second set in just over 30 minutes. I'm no Nostradamus but Nadal is going to win this in straight sets, barring a complete shock.