South African Kevin Anderson has booked a place in his first ever Grand Slam semi-final, following a triumphant victory over Sam Querrey last night. Anderson is the first South African to reach a US Open semi since Cliff Drysdale in 1965.
After losing to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon earlier this summer, Kevin Anderson was looking to exact revenge over his American contemporary – but it was never going to be easy. Trailing 5-2 in the opening tie-breaker, Anderson defied the odds to collect five points and take the first set. The South African was equally impressive in the second set tie-break, overcoming a 6-1 deficit, and moving within one point of winning at 8-7. Despite losing the second, Anderson picked up the pace and edged out his opponent over the course of the third and fourth, eventually winning the match 7-6 (5) 6-7 (9) 6-3 7-6 (7).
The 31-year-old said of his victory: “That was really tough,” “Getting through, it just feels absolutely fantastic.”
Anderson will now take on Spaniard Pablo Carreno on Friday.