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Spaniard Busta happy to play in Nadal's shadow

Spaniard Busta happy to play in Nadal's shadowā€¯

The 31-year-old will face Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal who defeated Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the second fixture of the Semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Carreno Busta says he is used to being completely overshadowed by his countryman Nadal, who has played in 25 Grand Slam semi-finals and won 15 majors, but hopes all the attention surrounding the world No 1 will help his own cause.

Anderson, No.32 in the world, will be the lowest-ranked man to play for the title at Flushing Meadows since the ATP rankings began in 1973 and the first South African since Cliff Drysdale in 52 years.

Not since Kevin Curren made the 1985 Wimbledon final - he was a joint United States and South African citizen - has the country had someone making it this far at one of the sport's biggest tournaments, and he was supported by Major-winning golfers Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen in the Arthur Ashe Stadium. "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. "We did a lot of good work, we believed in what we were doing and I still have the passion and the love for this game". It was tough for Pablo and me. "I'm just over the moon". "I'm happy to have another shot", added the 32nd-ranked Anderson.

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

The Spaniard maintained the pressure, a forehand victor down the line capturing an early break and a 2-0 lead in third set. The Spaniard has not been pushed past four sets in the tournament and has dropped just three sets en route to the final.

Will the big-server and former top-tenner from South African have too much to handle for Carreno Busta?

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The momentum quickly changed in the second, however, a scorching forehand giving Anderson the break, only for Carreno Busta to hit straight back with a fine forehand down the line.

Anderson improved to 3-0 against Carreno Busta, but he hasn't had any success against either Nadal or del Potro. Del Potro was the U.S. Open champion in 2009, when he beat Nadal in the semifinals and Roger Federer in the final.

"When Juan Martin is playing well, it's hard to stop him".

But despite a series of injuries, from shoulder to knees and at the end of a year ago, to his hip, he has bounced back brilliantly to put his name in the history books.

Johan Kriek was the first South African to win a grand slam singles championship at the 1981 Australian Open but successfully defended the title in 1982 as a naturalised American.

Neither Carreno Busta nor Anderson has played in a semifinal at any Grand Slam tournament.

Godwin cited a match Anderson lost in the third round of the 2015 French Open against Richard Gasquet, a home-crowd favorite, on Court Philippe Chatrier as a moment when Anderson could have better matched the amplitude of the occasion.



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