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US Open 2017: Kevin Anderson's road to his maiden Grand Slam final

US Open 2017: Kevin Anderson's road to his maiden Grand Slam final

While Anderson vs Carreno Busta doesn't have the star appeal of the other semi-final, it still promises to be an intriguing contest as both men are tantalisingly close to a career-defining Grand Slam final.

He is the first South African in over 50-years to make it to the final of the US Open.

28th seed Anderson beat the Spanish 12th seed 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.

The 31-year-old Nadal, with his teeth firmly in his prey, showcased his defensive class to turn things around on match point and set up a strong chance for more grand slam silverware.

Anderson advanced to face No. 1 Rafael Nadal or 24th-seeded Juan Martin del Potro in the final, where he will be the lowest-ranked man to play for the U.S. Open title since the ATP rankings began in 1973.

He now awaits the victor of the second semi-final between World Number one Rafael Nadal and Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro.

The 6ft 8in Anderson needed some inspiration and he found it in the second set with a backhand cross-court victor that brought him level at one set all.

The South African had the flawless start to the third set especially when he strolled to a comfortable service hold before earning a 0-40 lead on the return.

Carreno Busta, seeded 12 after his best year on tour, has remained calm amid all of the chaos, reaching this stage without dropping a set or having to pull off an upset. Anderson won the match in straight sets, 6-3 7-6 but dropped his serve twice on that occasion.

It was a string of six straight service holds which followed before Carreno Busta served to stay in the set at 5-6 down. "Still obviously a very hard match ahead of me, but I think right now I'm just trying to unwind a little bit and just enjoy sort of today's match".

"Rafa just play even better the last three sets of the match, and I couldn't hit my backhand as good as I did in the beginning of the match", said Del Potro. That one serve game that I got broke in the first, I made a couple of errors.

"I want to say it's a fantastic feeling, but at the same time I feel like I want to keep going in this tournament", Anderson said. 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. "I was not playing bad in the first set but I lost it so some things had to change".

Johan Kriek was the first South African to win a grand slam singles championship at the 1981 Australian Open but successfully defended the title in 1982 as a naturalised American. He had to save two match points and come back from two sets down to beat sixth seed Dominic Thiem in the last 16. That said, fatigue could be a factor for Anderson after his last match against Querrey. I mean, I lost in the semifinals. "Nadal's, I think, one of the greatest competitors in sports, period".

South African tennis player Kevin Anderson. You know, his serve, he's been serving very well, it looks like.