US Open Results: Kevin Anderson Reaches Semifinals

Erica Murray
September 7, 2017

Kevin Anderson reached his maiden grand slam semi-final after a hard-fought four-set win over Sam Querrey at the US Open.

Anderson said that after saving seven set points and losing the tiebreaker anyway, perhaps he "would have been better off losing that tiebreaker, 7-1".

Carreno Busta, the first player in any Grand Slam to face four qualifiers, cruised into his first Slam semi-final by ousting Argentine 29th seed Diego Schartzman 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

Despite being seen as a favorite to reach the final from a bottom half of the draw devoid of the game's stalwarts, Querrey said he was "pretty happy" with his run to the quarterfinals, which was his best result in 11 appearances here, and the first quarterfinal appearance at the U.S. Open by an American man since 2011.

In one of the most unlikely Slam semi-finals of recent years, Anderson will take on Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta for a place in the title decider.

Not surprisingly, the pair shared 42 aces between them (Anderson 22, Querrey 20) and three tie-breaks, with Anderson coming back from 2-5 down to win the first and 17th seed Querrey levelling in a thrilling second-set decider. At the same time, I feel like I came into this taking each match at a time. "I feel like that's where I was able to reset".

Anderson reached the top 10 in October 2015, soon after making his first US Open quarter-final, and though injuries affected him a year ago, he is closing in on the world's top 20 once more.

Anderson has become the first South African to reach a Grand Slam semi-final for 14 years

"Of course if you speak with some Spanish people about tennis, everybody knows Rafa".

"It's a fantastic feeling, but at the same time I feel like I want to keep [going]". These matches, it just comes to a point here and there.

"So obviously it gives us a bit of a chance to go deep into the tournament".

Querrey, on whether being the Great American Hope weighed on him, said: "No, never thought about that. I feel like I'm going to have another opportunity to go one step further", said the Florida-based Johannesburg native.

Carreno Busta recorded 30 winners to go with 30 unforced errors in the one-hour, 59-minute match.

"He's tough to play against - he's so overly aggressive", Querrey said.

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