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Kevin Anderson over the moon after entering maiden Slam final

Kevin Anderson over the moon after entering maiden Slam final

The 31-year-old, who stands 6ft 8in, defeated Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 to become the first South African player to reach a grand slam singles final since Kevin Curren made two in the mid-1980s.

In the fourth round, Kevin Anderson faced Italy's Paolo Lorenzi. "I really had to dig deep there".

The South African finally drew first blood as Carreno Busta started to lose confidence in himself, with more unforced errors coming off his racquet.

Golfing compatriots and major winners Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen watched him win Friday on the NY hardcourts to reach the brink of a breakthrough win at 31.

Stephens, who returned to competition at Wimbledon after almost a year off because of a foot injury, recovered from a second-set meltdown to end ninth seed Williams's hopes of reaching a third major final this year.

"Ultimately, such a sacrifice would compromise my results and any hope of competitive representation for South Africa at Grand Slam tournaments". The Spaniard has not been pushed past four sets in the tournament and has dropped just three sets en route to the final.

"It was an unbelievably tough match on one of the biggest stages in tennis".

The Spaniard earned the only break in the first set in the seventh game and took the first set in 34 minutes, 6-4.

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This will be the second time in less than a month that Anderson will meet Carreno Busta. That said, fatigue could be a factor for Anderson after his last match against Querrey.

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.

"Everybody knows Rafa, he's an incredible tennis player and one of the best ever", said Carreno Busta. The crowd at Arthur Ashe, who nearly expected Querrey to advance to his first grand slam final were left stunned as the South African put in a pearling performance.

Unable to prosper fully from his 2009 US Open breakthrough, when he was just 20, long-term struggles with wrist problems began that required four surgeries and pushed him to the brink of retirement.

Meanwhile, top seeds Martina Hingis and Jamie Murray saved three set points to record a 6-4, 7-6 (10-8) victory over CoCo Vandeweghe and Horia Tecau in the mixed doubles semi-finals.

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.

This time, he takes on those two greats of the game in reverse order: del Potro beat Federer in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

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