Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

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

But his achievement may not linger long in the spotlight as world number one Nadal, a two-time champion at the US Open, plays his quarter-final on Wednesday against Russian teenager Andrey Rublev.

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.

He might benefit from picking Nadal's brains before his semi-final match against powerful South African Kevin Anderson tomorrow morning.

"I wake up today and say to myself, "today is the day that I'll play. 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". I'm sure Pablo was as well.

"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.

"I'm over the moon. I'm happy to have another shot".

Carreno Busta displayed great resilience to save two break points at 4-3 down, but Anderson's persistence paid off in the final game of the set as he broke courtesy of angled backhand.

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The 37-year-old Williams, who won titles at Flushing Meadows way back in 2000 and 2001, trailed 3-1 in the third set before digging out of the hole with a little help: Kvitova's eighth double-fault handed over the break that made it 3-all.

Carreno Busta surrendered a 40-0 advantage in his next service game, which went to deuce five times before he eventually held to force Anderson to serve for the match. By hoisting the trophy on Sunday, Nadal would cap off one of the best years of his illustrious career - less than a year after a chronic wrist injury threatened to end his career.

Sky Sports Tennis will have all the semi-final action from the US Open covered via our website with our live blogs and updates as the Grand Slam year reaches its climax.

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. Moreover, it's the first Grand Slam final appearance for both, so nerves and emotions are expected to be at high levels when they meet in the final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Neither Carreno Busta nor Anderson has played in a semifinal at any Grand Slam tournament.

When her work was done, her first trip to the U.S. Open semifinals since 2010 secured, if just barely, Venus Williams sat in her sideline chair and beamed.

Del Potro has been virtually running on empty.

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