Rafael Nadal to meet Kevin Anderson in US Open final

Rafael Nadal will take on Kevin Anderson in the US Open final

Cape Town - South Africa's Kevin Anderson has delivered the performance of a lifetime as he gets ready for his first Grand Slam final at the US Open.

While victories over JC Aragone, Ernests Gulbis, Borna Coric and the risky Paolo Lorenzi were all high quality, it was the quarter-finals here he really appeared to hit his stride.

The Johannesburg-born is the first South African to make the US Open final since 1965 when Cliff Drysdale made the the US National Championships (now known as the US Open).

"I want to say it's a fantastic feeling, but at the same time I feel like I want to keep going in this tournament", Anderson said.

He said: "It's been a long road".

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.

"It was very hard at the end of past year", he said.

She would be the oldest women's Grand Slam semi-finalist since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994 and the eldest in US Open history.

Anderson took the third set on his third set point, serving a 132-mph ace to take a two-sets-to-one lead. The Spaniard has not been pushed past four sets in the tournament and has dropped just three sets en route to the final. Being in a semifinal, he said, left him "unbelievably nervous starting out" against an opponent in the same semifinal-debut circumstance.

It's so hard to see Carreno Busta competing with the on-fire serve of Anderson. Had Anderson not saved a set point in the fourth, the match could well have escaped him in a decider.

The 26-year-old Spaniard, seeded 12th, made the last-four in NY by defeating Argentine 29th seed Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. "I was told I probably needed surgery on my hip", Anderson said.

After an early exchange of second-set breaks, Carreno Busta broke to 5-4 and held to claim the set, then broke at love on a double fault to open the third set.

Anderson will look to become the first South African to win a Grand Slam singles event since Johan Kriek won the 1981 Australian Open. After losing a five-set classic to Federer at Melbourne Park, Nadal stormed to a tenth French Open title without dropping a set before suffering a fourth-round exit at Wimbledon. That was their second meeting after a clay court clash in Casablanca in 2013 that was also won by Anderson in straight sets.

The 2.03-metre tall South African climbed into his player's box to embrace his wife, brother and coach Neville Godwin after Carreno Busta's forehand found the net to finish the almost three-hour contest. He played his typical steady, if unspectacular, brand of tennis, earning two winners against just one unforced error. I have given myself a shot at being in the finals and I will be playing for a grand slam trophy.

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