'Over the moon' and onto flower pot, Anderson into Open final

Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain and Kevin Anderson of South Africa have started play in the first U.S. Open men's semifinal.

His 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 win will bring the first Grand Slam final for any South African since 1985, when a similarly big-serving Kevin Curren ran into a 17-year-old Boris Becker in the Wimbledon final. In the fourth round, Anderson defeated the spirited Italian Paolo Lorenzi in four sets.

Anderson, 31 years old and ranked 32nd in the world, is the lowest-ranked Grand Slam finalist since 38th-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fell at the 2008 Australian Open final. "Of course I know that I have a good draw here", Carreno Busta said.

If you were to look at pre-tournament form as a guide, then Carreno Busta doesn't even rate a mention with early exits in Montreal and Cincinnati. This year since the beginning has been very emotional. Having come along in precisely the same age pocket as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, who have 30 Grand Slam titles among them, and at the same time as Roger Federer, who has 19. Anderson finished it off on the next point.

It looked as though the Spaniard might prevail when he responded to finally losing serve midway through the second set by hitting straight back, thanks to a forehand victor arrowed down the line. "He played so smart from the second set till the end of the match", Del Potro said.

Standing in his way of a return to the top-10 is the world No. 1 but Carreno Busta - who will break the top-10 for the first time should Nadal win - believes he can cause an upset if he produces a high level of tennis.

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Kevin Anderson has taken control of his U.S. Open semifinal against Pablo Carreno Busta, winning the last two sets.

He maintained his grip in the fourth set with breaks in the fourth and eighth games and as 12th seed Carreno Busta wilted, he broke again for 3-2 in the fourth in what proved the final blow.

"We've been tampering with a few things, and this is the one that's locked in the most", Godwin said.

The Spaniard is looking to win his first grand slam title away from the French Open since the second of his titles in NY in 2013 and match Federer by claiming two slams this season.

The hard-hitting South African has pounded 20 aces, including one at 132 miles per hour to end the set, to just one for Carreno Busta. He played his typical steady, if unspectacular, brand of tennis, earning two winners against just one unforced error.

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.

  • Regina Holmes