US Open: Kevin Anderson bounces into final

But his achievement may not linger long in the spotlight as world number one Nadal, a two-time champion at the US Open, plays his quarter-final on Wednesday against Russian teenager Andrey Rublev.

Anderson finished with a power-packed 22 aces and 58 winners. It is a first-ever Grand Slam semifinal for both men in the second match on Arthur Ashe.

But it is Anderson and his huge serve - he has reached 137 miles per hour during the tournament - that has come through to the final on the bottom half.

It was now the South African making all the running, earning six break points in the third set.

The South African's game has always been based around his huge serve, but he also showed impressive composure when putting out the in-form Sam Querrey in the last eight.

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Standing in his way of a return to the top-10 is the world No. 1 but Carreno Busta - who will break the top-10 for the first time should Nadal win - believes he can cause an upset if he produces a high level of tennis.

The third continued the trend of Carreno Busta having to work hard on serve, as evidenced by him coming from 0-40 down to hold in his first service game of the set. "I was told I probably needed surgery on my hip", Anderson said. He played his typical steady, if unspectacular, brand of tennis, earning two winners against just one unforced error.

Starting the fourth set serving, it was a bright start for Carreno Busta as he looked to have regained his composure and found the momentum.

The U.S. Open hasn't had a champion who didn't drop a set since Neale Fraser in 1960.

The 12th-seeded team of Horia Tecau of Romania and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands won their first U.S. Open men's doubles championship. Or will the Spaniard continue his rich vein of form at Flushing Meadows and keep his dream alive? The result is by far the best of his career, although he did reach the fourth round at both the French Open and Wimbledon this year.

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"When Juan Martin is playing well, it's hard to stop him".

The matches Friday offer quite a contrast in experience and name recognition.

"For the last decade we've become so accustomed to seeing the same four guys (Roger Federer‚ Rafa Nadal‚ Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray) in a grand slam semi‚ so this is new‚ not only for me‚ but the whole tennis world". He attacked with blood in his eye and he defended as if his life depended upon it. Del Potro, increasingly tired as the sets flew by him, could do nothing to stop Nadal's march to the final.

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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