US Open: Kevin Anderson bounces into final

Nadal and Anderson advance to U.S. Open Final

By reaching this point - and at the time of writing Anderson was yet to play his semi-final - he has done more for South African tennis than he would have playing in the third tier of the Davis Cup.

The No. 12-seeded Carreno Busta had won his first 16 sets in the tournament before Anderson started finding the range on his power shots late in the second set, capitalizing when Carreno-Busta double-faulted to give him set point.

The dividend has been a year which has seen him make three Grand Slam finals, the fourth round at Wimbledon being the only let-down.

The 6-foot-8 South African is the first man from his country to reach the US Open semifinals since Johan Kriek in 1980, and looks to become the first, male or female, to reach the final since ESPN analyst Cliff Drysdale in 1965.

The 6-foot-8 Anderson will face the victor between No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 24 Juan Martin del Potro in Sunday's championship at 4 p.m. ET.

Kevin Anderson has evened the U.S. Open men's semifinals, becoming the first player to take a set off Pablo Carreno Busta in the tournament. Anderson made the most of his opportunity, nailing a backhand victor to take the set 7-5 and level the match. He took the set when the Spaniard double-faulted at 5-6, 30-all and Anderson then smacked a forehand victor into the corner on set point.

Kevin Anderson of South Africa celebrates his win against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain
Kevin Anderson of South Africa celebrates his win against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain

It looked as though the Spaniard might prevail when he responded to finally losing serve midway through the second set by hitting straight back, thanks to a forehand victor arrowed down the line. "My emotion at the end kind of summed it up". I was pretty nervous with it being the first time for both of us on the sport's most famous stage. That one serve game that I got broke in the first, I made a couple of errors.

"Everybody knows Rafa, he's an incredible tennis player and one of the best ever", said Carreno Busta.

Anderson, who stands at 2.04 metres tall, climbed into his player's box to embrace his wife, brother and coach Neville Godwin after Carreno Busta's forehand found the net to finish their almost three-hour contest. Having come along in precisely the same age pocket as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, who have 30 Grand Slam titles among them, and at the same time as Roger Federer, who has 19. He leads 4-0, with just one set lost. "I mean, Rafa now is playing within himself a lot".

"It was very hard at the end of previous year", he said. So I think the first set was very good for me. Anderson had a chance to break for the match in the ninth game but his opponent held strong. "He said:" If he's in the final, he can beat everyone.

In this era when players are winning grand slam titles well into their thirties, Anderson nearly doesn't qualify as a late bloomer. Carreno Busta has been serving very well so far this tournament.

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