Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

US Open: Kevin Anderson beats Pablo Carreno Busta to reach final

US Open: Kevin Anderson beats Pablo Carreno Busta to reach final

"Of course it is a pity, but Juan Martin deserves it more".

Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro go head-to-head in a clash which has everything you could want from a semi-final, including the next US Open champion in most minds.

"You need to win matches". And I am going to fight to win another title here.

Carreno Busta, also playing in his first semi-final at the Slams, had not dropped a set at the tournament, helped by playing four qualifiers, and he was a set to the good on Friday, breaking in the seventh game.

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After thundering forehands past Federer with regularity, the 28-year-old is growing in confidence even if he believes that beating Nadal will take an even better performance. I have to get ready; still obviously a very hard match ahead of me.

Federer, who skipped the US Open warm-up tournaments because of back pain, said he was fit to play but the damage had been done before the action started in NY.

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US Open: Kevin Anderson beats Pablo Carreno Busta to reach final

"He's a lefty, so he has a chance to find easily my backhand. So that's the most important thing for me". "But it will be an interesting match to play". Yesterday, Del Potro defeated Roger Federer, with a score of 6-4.

Eight years on and after so many injuries, Del Potro's backhand is not yet back to where it was but he was encouraged by the way it held up against Federer.

"If someone had told me when I started my comeback that I would make two semi-finals and a grand slam final I would have passed out", she said. The way I played or playing right now, it's not good enough in my opinion to win this tournament.

"But when you have this draw, you have to do your best to take advantage, so I think that is a really good tournament for me". "So this year, since the beginning, has been a very emotional year". I am very happy to be in the final here in the US Open.

He ended with authority at the attractive course of Del Potro, impressive victor in the quarter-finals of the big favorite, the Swiss Roger Federer. The victor will face South Africa's Kevin Anderson, who defeated Pablo Carreno Busta in the semis, for the title.

At 6ft 8in tall, Anderson's game has always been built around a big serve - he leads the tournament with 92 aces - but the affable South African has been working on a more aggressive attitude. "It's better I'm out and somebody else gets a chance to do better than me".

There is also a rich history between the pair, with Del Potro significantly winning their last two meetings and their only clash in NY, en route to his solitary Grand Slam triumph back in 2009.

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