Kevin Anderson can nearly taste a historic final

Kevin Anderson celebrates after defeating Pablo Carreno Busta in their men's singles semi-final match in the US Open
Kevin Anderson celebrates after defeating Pablo Carreno Busta in their men's singles semi-final match in the US Open
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11 September, 2017

Late bloomer Pablo Carreno Busta believes that breaking through to a first Grand Slam semi-final at the US Open merits as much attention as the heat generated by compatriot Rafael Nadal.

While victories over JC Aragone, Ernests Gulbis, Borna Coric and the risky Paolo Lorenzi were all high quality, it was the quarter-finals here he really appeared to hit his stride.

Aiming to become the first South African man to reach the US Open final since Cliff Drysdale achieved the feat in 1965, during the amateur era, Anderson credited his progress to minor improvements in his game. "This means the world to me", said Anderson, whose career was at a crossroads in January when hip problems forced him out of the Australian Open and his ranking slumped to 80.

He said: "It's been a long road".

The 12th-seeded Carreno Busta was also in his first major semifinal and hadn't dropped a set in reaching it. Anderson was the slight favorite in this encounter as he leads Carreno Busta 2-0 in their head-to-head, with their last meeting coming in Montreal this year. Nadal hopes to win his 16th career grand slam and his third in the US Open.

Should Anderson prevail, he will be the first South African man in a major final since Kevin Curren finished runner-up at Wimbledon in 1985.

"Aggression is something I've added to my game because these matches are tough and although it's clichéd‚ I'm just trying to pay every point as best I can‚" he said. It was the first time when Anderson's game was stretched to four sets but the Italian failed to stop Anderson's stunning run at the US Open, losing by 6-4, 6-3, 6-7, 4-6.

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Anderson was soon 5-4 ahead, hitting his 100th ace of the tournament in the process before leveling the tie in the 12th game courtesy of a Carreno Busta double fault and a fierce backhand victor.

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 served out the match on his serve when Carreno Busta netted a forehand.

Upon his win Friday evening, the 6-foot-8 Kevin Anderson ventured into the stands to hug his team. That said, fatigue could be a factor for Anderson after his last match against Querrey.

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. He committed 14 unforced errors to just one for Carreno Busta in the set.

The Swiss-British pair won the Wimbledon title earlier this year. Nadal is 5-2 in his last grand slam final appearances.

Del Potro has been virtually running on empty.


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