Anderson into first final
Kevin Anderson is the first South African in 33 years to reach a Grand Slam final
The No.28 seed defeated Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 to book his spot in the championship match at the US Open and earn the chance to become a major winner.
Anderson, who missed the start of the season with a hip issue, has enjoyed a prosperous summer and his tremendous work-ethic and unwavering commitment to his profession has been key to his success.
After smashing 58 winners beyond his bedraggled opponent, the overjoyed South African clambered up to his support box and acknowledged his team and family. His reaction at reaching the final was one of disbelief, but he still has one more match to go.
“I really don’t know what to say right now,” remarked Anderson after his landmark victory. “I don’t know if a team hug is appropriate after a semi-final win is the right thing to do, but it certainly felt appropriate.
“It’s been a long road and these Grand Slams are tough. We have been privileged to play with some of the best players to have ever played the game and it’s nice that some of them gave us a shot to make a run.
“This is why we work so hard. It was an unbelievably tough match and I’m sure it was the same for Pablo. It was the first time for both of us on one of the most famous stages in tennis - and on the biggest court. I really had to dig deep, and I think my emotion at the end summed it up.”
Anderson stated he was slightly nervous in the early stages, but it didn’t show in his performance. The South African won 18 of 23 points behind his delivery in the first set, but unfortunately for him, he lost four in one game and dropped the opener by six games to four.
Unlike in the past, Anderson remained upbeat and he was constantly bellowing positivity. The pair exchanged breaks in the second set before the South African made his move in the 12th game.
Serving at 5-6, Carreno Busta committed a double-fault to gift his rival a set-point. Anderson seized his opportunity and a backhand winner levelled the contest.
The Spaniard had conceded a set for the first time in the tournament and he never responded in the manner expected. The 26-year-old appeared unable to disturb his proactive opponent and he was repeatedly outmaneuvered and outhought.
Carreno Busta is a solid and consistent performer but he did not have the weapons to trouble Anderson once the South African had found his rhythm and range. The third and fourth sets were convincingly claimed by the 31-year-old and he was a deserved winner.