Kevin Anderson vs. Rafael Nadal 2017 US Open Final Pick, Odds, Prediction

Kevin Anderson of South Africa overcame multiple injuries and is set to face off against Rafael Nadal at the US Open in what wil be his first Grand Slam final
Spaniard Busta happy to play in Nadal's shadow
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11 September, 2017

In the fourth round, Anderson defeated the spirited Italian Paolo Lorenzi in four sets.

The 6-foot-8 South African is the first man from his country to reach the US Open semifinals since Johan Kriek in 1980, and looks to become the first, male or female, to reach the final since ESPN analyst Cliff Drysdale in 1965. "All the things that I thought before I was missing out on, (now) I really wasn't", said Stephens, whose late father, John Stephens, was the 1988 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for the New England Patriots, and whose mother, Sybil Smith, was Boston University's first All-American in women's swimming.

Four American women, also including Madison Keys and CoCo Vanderweghe, have reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 2002 and they could produce the first all-US semi-finals in NY since 1981. "If you let him play from good positions with his forehand, you are dead", said Nadal, who has lost his last two meetings on hardcourts with the 28-year-old. He thanked his family for their support after his win on Friday, with brother Greg getting a special mention for nurturing his Grand Slam dream from a young age. Anderson broke on the next point. The hard-hitting South African was the first player in six matches to take a set off Carreno Busta in the tournament. 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.

Speaking of his own performance at the US Open - where he reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time, ' the Spaniard added 'Of course.

Spain's 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta, who hasn't dropped a set so far, takes on 28th-seeded South African Kevin Anderson.

After closing out the match on his serve, Anderson climbed over a flower pot and into the stands to hug his wife, Kelsey, and others in his player's box.

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The Swiss-British pair won the Wimbledon title earlier this year. Anderson has been claimed as one of the game's best servers now, and he leads the men's field in the most number of aces served.

Anderson pounded 22 aces, including a 132-mph heater to close out the third set.

Now he has a chance to claim a Slam trophy on the same Arthur Ashe Stadium court where boyhood idol Pete Sampras captured the last of his 14 major crowns in 2002.

Carreno Busta has made the most of his good fortune at the US Open in a half of the draw where former world number one Andy Murray withdrew two days before the start through injury.

Del Potro has been virtually running on empty.


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