10 September, 2017
Serena Williams might be on a leave of absence from the tennis tour, but she is definitely paying attention to the U.S. Open. He became South Africa's first Grand Slam singles finalist in more than 30 years.
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 U.S. open finals".
And she closed by writing: "What a joy it will be to watch this- hopefully first of many finals".
The South African had the ideal start to the third set especially when he strolled to a comfortable service hold before earning a 0-40 lead on the return. But Anderson has far more career match wins with 267 compared to Carreno Busta's 110. Anderson has faced just eight break points in his last three matches combined.
The lanky Anderson dropped the first set against 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta before rolling over the top of the Spaniard to win in four, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. Anderson broke on the next point.
However, he had several troubles trying to consolidate the break as he failed to find his first serves when it mattered, coupled with the fact that Carreno Busta was playing some awesome tennis after he came up with two impressive passing winners during that game itself, including one on break point which allowed him to break straight back. "I was not playing bad in the first set but I lost it so some things had to change".
Pablo Carreno Busta has backed Kevin Anderson to win the US Open if he plays his best stuff against Rafael Nadal, although he admitted his compatriot is the clear favourite. He didn't drop a set through his first five matches.
Anderson, the No. 28 seed, has won both meetings. Anderson closed the match out on his serve 4-6, 7-4, 6-3, 6-4.
05:06 Take a look at the final stats from the match. Kevin Anderson hit 58 winners including 22 aces
He was knocked out at Wimbledon in 2014, 2015 and this year in the fourth round.
Tecau and Rojer eliminated top-seeded Henri Kontinen and John Peers in the semifinals.
The 31-year-old will face Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal who defeated Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the second fixture of the Semi-finals. The South African won his opening three rounds in straight sets against JC Aragone, Ernests Gulbis and Borna Coric respectively.
The matches Friday offer quite a contrast in experience and name recognition.
Anderson always used to be considered a nearly-man, for so long unable to get past the last 16 of a grand slam event, always finding someone just too good on the day.
The other semifinal features a pair of past champions at Flushing Meadows.
"These Grand Slams are tough, we are playing with some of the best players in history and it is nice that they gave us a run", said the South African.
'If he's in the final, he can beat everyone.
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