Awe-inspiring Nadal crushes Del Potro to reach final

Kevin Anderson

The Latest: Carreno Busta leads vs 1st seeded foe in US Open

Kevin Anderson has marched into the first Grand Slam final of his long career.

"More importantly, I have given myself a shot at being in the finals and I will be playing for a grand slam trophy".

The 31-year-old Anderson, at 32 in the world, will become the will become the lowest-ranked man to play for the US Open title since the ATP rankings first began back in 1973.

Anderson will now face Rafa Nadal in the final after the Spaniard overcame Juan Martin del Potro. The South African who played college tennis for IL, broke serve in the fourth game to lead 3-1, but the lead was short-lived when Carreno Busta broke back.

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.

Will the big-server and former top-tenner from South African have too much to handle for Carreno Busta?

Anderson was soon 5-4 ahead, hitting his 100th ace of the tournament in the process before leveling the tie in the 12th game courtesy of a Carreno Busta double fault and a fierce backhand victor.

Having lost nine consecutive games, Del Potro finally held serve to trail 3-1 and started hitting big forehands again. Instead, the South African hung tough and emerged a 7-6 6-7 6-3 7-6 victor to make his maiden Slam semifinal. "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".

"He has been with me since I started the game at 5 years old", Anderson said.

He will bid to go one better than Curren, who was runner-up at the 1984 Australian Open final before switching citizenship to the United States ahead of his run to the Wimbledon final.

Kevin Anderson had a tough challenge in the quarterfinal as he faced the 17th seed Sam Querrey of the United States.

The momentum quickly changed in the second, however, a scorching forehand giving Anderson the break, only for Carreno Busta to hit straight back with a fine forehand down the line.

He said: "I really don't know what to say right now".

But Carreno Busta insists it is about time he enjoyed a slice of Grand Slam luck - when he made his Slam debut at Roland Garros in 2013, he was drawn against Federer. He committed 14 unforced errors to just one for Carreno Busta in the set. So I think the first set was very good for me. I mean, I lost in the semifinals.

While Nadal is the heavy favourite given his career record, huge experience, and surprising resurgence this year, the US Open title is still very much up for grabs.

Anderson was late to the Tour after choosing to go to college in the United States, at the University of IL, where he was coached by Craig Tiley.

'If he's in the final, he can beat everyone. Carreno Busta has been serving very well so far this tournament.

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