Anderson Stops Querrey and Reaches First US Open Semifinal

Tricia Pearson
September 7, 2017

Carreno Busta, the first player to face four qualifiers in any Grand Slam, booked a Friday semi-final against the victor of a night match between South African 28th seed Kevin Anderson and 17th-seeded American Sam Querrey, whose first Slam semi-final in was July at Wimbledon.

Anderson becomes the first South African to reach a major final four since Wayne Ferreira did at the 2003 Australian Open.

Anderson is the first South African to make it to the US Open semis in the Open era.

The 28th seed will take on Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta in the last four after the 12th seed beat Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-4 6-4 6-2.

He will face the victor of Sam Querrey and Kevin Anderson in the last four.

"I'm pretty happy", he said after the match, which involved three tie-breaks and lasted slightly more than 31/2 hours.

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal can set up a blockbuster semi-final in the top half of the draw with wins on Wednesday, but the withdrawals of Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka have allowed new names to emerge at Flushing Meadows, including Anderson. It's nearly tougher, it would have been better off losing that tie-break nearly 7-1 than coming so close to actually being two sets to love up. At the same time, I feel like I came into this taking each match at a time.

Anderson believes the key to his win was that he was able to "reset" his approach to the game during the intense second-set tie-break.

Anderson trailed 5-2 in the opening tie-breaker before collecting the next five points to claim it, and then fought back from a 6-1 deficit in the second breaker to move within a point of winning it himself at 8-7, before eventually succumbing on Querrey's eighth set point.

'Of course if you speak with some Spanish people about tennis, everybody knows Rafa, ' said the 26-year-old. "Now, it just happened really quick, I guess". "He's so overly aggressive. I really thought I did a fantastic job resetting". A lot of his balls were landing (just) in. These matches, it just comes to a point here and there.

"I just try to learn about how he practices, what he does after practise, before practise, after matches, before matches".

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