Kevin Anderson vs Pablo Carreno Busta

11 September, 2017, 00:34 | Author: Nora May
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Kevin Anderson is one victory from joining a select group of South African sports champions by capturing his first Grand Slam title in Sunday's US Open final against top-ranked Rafael Nadal.

The 26-year-old Spaniard, seeded 12th, made the last-four in NY by defeating Argentine 29th seed Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

Anderson, the first South African in the US Open final since Cliff Drysdale in 1965 and the first in any Slam since Kevin Curren in 1984, won his three career ATP titles at the 2011 South Africa Open, 2012 Delray Beach Open and 2015 Winston-Salem Open.

The 31-year-old will face either world number one and two-time champion Rafael Nadal or 2009 victor Juan Martin del Potro in Sunday's title match.

"I've only been on the job since the end of a year ago and since then we've really embarked on a building phase within Tennis South Africa". Anderson won the match in straight sets, 6-3 7-6 but dropped his serve twice on that occasion. With neither of them able to find any more breakthroughs on the return, Carreno Busta ultimately served out the first set 6-4 after 33 minutes of play. Anderson had to see off the 12th seed from Spain in four tight sets to secure a berth in the grand finale.

In the second set, Anderson broke Carreno Busta twice. "It makes me feel good that I can hopefully fly a flag and show kids especially that if you work hard you can get there".

The No. 28 seed Anderson had been broken only three times in his first 90 service games in the tournament.

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The hard-hitting South African has pounded 20 aces, including one at 132 miles per hour to end the set, to just one for Carreno Busta. The 2.03m tall Anderson had the golden opportunity to earn a double-break lead in the seventh game, but wasted two break points and allowed Carreno Busta to lessen the deficit instead. He played his typical steady, if unspectacular, brand of tennis, earning two winners against just one unforced error.

It's the furthest either man has ever gone in a Grand Slam tournament. It was Carreno Busta's first match of the tournament against an opponent who was not a qualifier.

Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro will meet in one U.S. Open men's semifinal.

"Rafa is an incredible tennis player". Del Potro was the U.S. Open champion in 2009, when he beat Nadal in the semifinals and Roger Federer in the final.

Playing in his first semi-final at the Slams since losing the longest ever last-four clash to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2013, Del Potro is riding a tidal wave of emotion in NY.

An exhausted Del Potro began netting easy shots and found himself down an early break in the fourth set.

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