Former Illini Anderson advances to US Open final

Kevin Anderson

Despite Carreno Busta's toughest fight, it still was not enough to match up against Anderson's explosive game as the 28th seed eventually served out the third set 6-3 after 39 minutes. He becomes the first man from the rainbow nation into a grand slam semi-final since Wayne Ferreira in 2003. Or will the Spaniard continue his rich vein of form at Flushing Meadows and keep his dream alive?

And Anderson admitted his cause was helped by two of the tennis" "Big Four' missing the slam, as he reached his maiden final at the age of 31 with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 victory. That was their second meeting after a clay court clash in Casablanca in 2013 that was also won by Anderson in straight sets.

"It's been a lot of hard work to get to this point", said Anderson, who will meet world number one Rafa Nadal in the final. "I assume we know what we're going to get from him". He then lost first round in Winston Salem.

However, his last loss at this stage came on the same NY hard courts in 2009 at the hands of Del Potro, who went on to shock five-time champion Federer in the final. With top seeds faltering in the early rounds of the tournament, Anderson made a quite progress to the final.

But Carreno Busta has a better record in 2017, winning 35 and losing 16 matches this year including picking up the title in Estoril. The result is by far the best of his career, although he did reach the fourth round at both the French Open and Wimbledon this year. But he has the same number of career titles as Carreno Busta with both men having won three. He hit 14 unforced errors including a backhand that sailed long to hand the composed Carreno Busta a rare break to go up 4-3 in the first set. He didn't drop a set through his first five matches. He lost just ten games, despite many predicting that it would be a tight contest. I've given myself a shot and I'll allow myself tonight to celebrate this win'.

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Anderson has also been in good form so far in NY.

Still, the lanky South African thinks the journey has been worth it. Had Anderson not saved a set point in the fourth, the match could well have escaped him in a decider.

It was a string of six straight service holds which followed before Carreno Busta served to stay in the set at 5-6 down.

How do they match up?

The Spaniard's serve is definitely not one of the strongest in terms of power, which thus has its vulnerability as Anderson was in the hunt for a breakthrough. Unsurprisingly, it requires a herculean effort from any player to break his serve. You know, his serve, he's been serving very well, it looks like. "I'm happy to have another shot", added the 32nd-ranked Anderson. It paid off in the fifth game, to break Carreno Busta for a 3-2 lead.

Overcome with joy, Anderson climbed up to his supporters' box to embrace his coach, SA's Neville Godwin, and wife, Kelsey. He's so consistent from the baseline.

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