US Open 2017: Superb Kevin Anderson reaches first Grand Slam final

US Open 2017: Superb Kevin Anderson reaches first Grand Slam final

US Open 2017: Superb Kevin Anderson reaches first Grand Slam final

At the age of 31, Kevin Anderson reached his first grand slam final at the US Open on Friday thanks to a 4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Spain's Pablo Carrena Busta.

Carreno Busta, the first player to face four qualifiers in any Grand Slam, booked a Friday semi-final against the victor of a night match between South African 28th seed Kevin Anderson and 17th-seeded American Sam Querrey, whose first Slam semi-final in was July at Wimbledon. Pablo Carreno Busta and Kevin Anderson will play in the other. It was an unbelievably tough match, I was pretty nervous starting out.

"I think to a certain extent that is a valid criticism, and one that we have to hold up our hand and acknowledge. I assume we know what we're going to get from him". But Anderson's been playing some huge tennis, and he will win it in a fifth set tiebreak.

Cliff Drysdale was the last South African man in the U.S. final in 1965 but he was defeated by Manuel Santana. Johan Kriek, who was born in South Africa before becoming a naturalized American citizen, won the Australian Open in 1982.

The Spaniard's draw has opened up beautifully in that bottom half and he is yet to face a seeded player with wins over Evan King, Cameron Norrie, Nicolas Mahut, Denis Shapovalov and Diego Schwartzman. Anderson won the match in straight sets, 6-3 7-6 but dropped his serve twice on that occasion.

Hip, leg and elbow injuries caused him to miss time this season.

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"I really need to be dominant and control proceedings as much as possible, because if you let him do it, it's very hard". He playing very focused on all his serve, and his way, and, well, probably in the third set, I tried to be good.

"Here I am just nine months after thinking I might have to undergo a year's worth of recovery for surgery".

If you were to look at pre-tournament form as a guide, then Carreno Busta doesn't even rate a mention with early exits in Montreal and Cincinnati.

The No. 28 seed Anderson had been broken only three times in his first 90 service games in the tournament. He played his typical steady, if unspectacular, brand of tennis, earning two winners against just one unforced error.

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 momentum quickly changed in the second, however, a scorching forehand giving Anderson the break, only for Carreno Busta to hit straight back with a fine forehand down the line.

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