'Over the moon' and onto flower pot, Anderson into Open final

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Spaniard Busta happy to play in Nadal's shadow

Earlier, big-serving South African Kevin Anderson battled back to defeat 12th-seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 and punch his ticket to his first grand slam final.

The 28th-seeded Anderson dropped the first set but powered past the 12th-seeded Spaniard 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 in a match that lasted nearly three hours on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

In the process, the 31 year old became the lowest-ranked finalist at the tournament since the ATP rankings began in 1973.

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Pablo Carreno Busta reaches 1st major semifinal at US Open

The 6-foot-8 Anderson will face the victor between No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 24 Juan Martin del Potro in Sunday's championship at 4 p.m. ET.

The South African tennis maestro will play in his very first Grand Slam final against Rafael Nadal on Sunday.

"I don't know if the team hug was appropriate after the semi-finals, but it felt like the right thing to do", he said. Anderson served out the match on his serve when Carreno Busta netted a forehand.

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The Spaniard denied Schwartzman on a break point in the fourth game, and on 6-of-8 in the match, then broke again in the seventh game before holding for victory in just under two hours. He bounced out American Sam Querrey in a four-set quarterfinal that ended at 1:51 a.m. on Wednesday and was Anderson's second-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal, following an appearance at the 2015 U.S. Open, where Wawrinka ran him out 6-4, 6-4, 6-0. And now I am in the semi-finals of the US Open, and I think it is as important as if Rafa arrives to the semi-finals. Anderson finished it off on the next point.

Things got a little hairy in the women's doubles semifinals.

Kevin Anderson is coming off a four sets win over Pablo Carreno Busta that took 41 games to decide.

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The South African's power eventually wore down the 26-year-old Carreno Busta, who had not dropped a set in the tournament prior to the match. He committed 14 unforced errors to just one for Carreno Busta in the set. It was Carreno Busta's first match of the tournament against an opponent who was not a qualifier. After losing a five-set classic to Federer at Melbourne Park, Nadal stormed to a tenth French Open title without dropping a set before suffering a fourth-round exit at Wimbledon.

"When Juan Martin is playing well, it's hard to stop him". Kelsey played golf in college, while Kevin played tennis for the Illini.

Playing in his first semi-final at the Slams since losing the longest ever last-four clash to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2013, Del Potro is riding a tidal wave of emotion in NY.

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Del Potro has been virtually running on empty.

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