Kevin Anderson hugs it out after reaching US Open final

Kevin Anderson hugs it out after reaching US Open final

Kevin Anderson fought back to beat Pablo Carreno Busta at the US Open and become South Africa's first Grand Slam singles finalist in more than 30 years.

The Johannesburg-born is the first South African to make the US Open final since 1965 when Cliff Drysdale made the the US National Championships (now known as the US Open).

He now awaits the victor of the second semi-final between World Number one Rafael Nadal and Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro. "I really had to dig deep there, and I think my emotion at the end summed it up", Anderson said. Anderson won the match in straight sets, 6-3 7-6 but dropped his serve twice on that occasion.

Kvitova, seeded 13th, was hoping to prolong her comeback from a knife attack less than nine months ago by reaching the first U.S. Open semifinal of her career.

It looked a distinct possibility when he powered his way to the opening set but he could not sustain the pace and Nadal romped home to win 4-6 6-0 6-3 6-2.

In the first of three posts, Williams wrote: "There are NO words to describe how proud and how happy I am for @Madison_Keys. and @SloaneStephens for making the United States open finals".

But it is Anderson and his huge serve - he has reached 137 miles per hour during the tournament - that has come through to the final on the bottom half. "It's little things", Anderson said.

Anderson finished with a power-packed 22 aces and 58 winners. It all started in the fourth game when Anderson produced some of his best returns to earn his first break points and the aggressive play from him was simply too good for the stubborn defense of Carreno Busta, taking the lead for the first time in the match. He played his typical steady, if unspectacular, brand of tennis, earning two winners against just one unforced error. The Americans haven't had any men's Grand Slam champion since Roddick won the tournament in 2003.

Czech Karolina Plishkova, the reigning number one and last year's US Open runner-up, must reach this year's final or lose the top spot to already-ousted Garbine Muguruza, the reigning Wimbledon champion.

Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro will meet in one U.S. Open men's semifinal.

Now he has a chance to claim a Slam trophy on the same Arthur Ashe Stadium court where boyhood idol Pete Sampras captured the last of his 14 major crowns in 2002. He attacked with blood in his eye and he defended as if his life depended upon it. Del Potro, increasingly tired as the sets flew by him, could do nothing to stop Nadal's march to the final.

An exhausted Del Potro began netting easy shots and found himself down an early break in the fourth set.

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