Kevin Anderson's mom says U.S. open feature makes everything 'worthwhile'

Carreño Busta played four qualifiers in his first four matches at this year's event, making him the first player in the Open Era to face that many qualifiers in a slam.

Former Illini Kevin Anderson advanced to the U.S. Open men's final with a four-set victory over Pablo Carreno-Busta.

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.

Speaking of his own performance at the US Open - where he reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time, ' the Spaniard added 'Of course.

Anderson, who played college tennis at the University of IL and resides in Gulf Stream, Fla., is the first South African man to reach a Grand Slam final since Kevin Curren advanced to the Wimbledon final in 1985.

Anderson shall be taking on two times Champion Rafael Nadal who beat Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro in the other semifinal encounter.

The 6ft 8in Anderson needed some inspiration and he found it with a backhand cross-court victor that brought him level at one set all. He took the set when the Spaniard double-faulted at 5-6, 30-all and Anderson then smacked a forehand victor into the corner on set point.

Anderson amplified up his aggressiveness on the court, charging the net at any opportunity, broke serve in the fourth game for a 3-1 lead. Instead, the South African hung tough and emerged a 7-6 6-7 6-3 7-6 victor to make his maiden Slam semifinal. "I think just my emotions at the end summed it up". It was an unbelievably tough match, I was pretty nervous starting out. I feel like it's been working well for me, so I'm not going to do anything much different.

"It's been an fantastic season for me and I'm so happy to get a chance to fight for another title after a couple of seasons with injury troubles", said Nadal, who won a record-extending 10th French Open title in June.

Anderson climbed into the box to celebrate with his family and team after clinching match point. Although he holds a 0-4 head-to-head record against Nadal, the South African will be looking to continue his incredible run and cause a huge upset in the final. He committed 14 unforced errors to just one for Carreno Busta in the set.

"After the first set I changed it a little bit, changed my tactic, strategy a little bit". The Spaniard did, after all, get very shaky in losing early in the tournament here in the last two years against opposition he was expected to beat, and he has so far had a comfortable draw. He didn't drop a set through his first five matches.

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.

"This means the absolute world to me", Anderson said.

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