Nadal Eyes Third US Open against Anderson

Kevin Anderson beats Pablo Carreno Busta to reach final of US Open in gripping match

The last South African to win a major was Johan Kriek, who took the 1981 Australian Open title. The 31-year-old South African has made it to his first career Grand Slam final and will be looking to clinch his first Grand Slam silverware by defeating Nadal on Sunday.

Rafael Nadal, 15-time major victor and US Open champion in 2010 and 2013, is looking to add to the French Open title he won earlier this year.

On Sunday, at 10pm (SA time), Kevin Anderson will attempt to become the first South African to win a singles title at the US Open when he faces Spanish giant Rafael Nadal in the men's final in NY. After conceding the first set to the big-serving Argentine, Nadal delivered a fierce counter punch in the second set before coasting through the third and fourth sets to put away Del Potro, the man who eliminated pre-tournament favourite Roger Federer in Wednesday's semi-final.

First-time finalist Anderson, was the man to take advantage of the open bottom half of the draw, beating American hope Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals and then 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the last four. He's a huge player with an unbelievable serve and he plays so well on these kinds of surfaces.

He's by no means a rookie to the sport of tennis, however, and the 31-year-old player has a tremendous amount of experience.

Rafael Nadal reacts after beating Kevin Anderson to win the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open on Sunday in New York
Rafael Nadal reacts after beating Kevin Anderson to win the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open on Sunday in New York

It has been a lot of hard work to get to this point.

"You know, Nadal's, I think, one of the greatest competitors in sports, period. I will be very excited come Sunday".

Asked by ESPN after his victory whether, when he was knocked out in the Round of 16 a year ago, he thought he would reach three major finals this year, Nadal responded: "I would say: 'Thanks, but it's nearly impossible.' But here we are".

Nadal has won four previous meetings between the two with a total of 9-1 on sets, making him even more of the overwhelming favorite as Anderson makes his debut in a Grand Slam final.

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