Kevin Anderson pips Querrey to reach US Open semifinal

The South African emerged triumphant in a neck-and-neck battle to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal.

Kevin Anderson (right) got the better of Sam Querrey in four sets, three of which went to the tie-breaker stage.   -  AP

 

Kevin Anderson moved into his first Grand Slam semifinal at age 31, emerging from a back-and-forth showdown between big servers to beat Sam Querrey 7-6 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-3, 7-6 (7) at the US Open. The 28th-seeded Anderson, a South African, is appearing in his 34th major tournament.

“Getting through it just feels absolutely fantastic,” Anderson said.

The 6-foot-8 (2.03-metre) Anderson finished with 22 aces; the 6-foot-6 (1.98-metre) Querrey hit 20.

Anderson trailed 5-2 in the opening tiebreaker before collecting the next five points to claim it. He fought back from a 6-1 deficit in the second tiebreaker to move within a point of winning it himself at 8-7, before eventually succumbing on Querrey’s eighth set point. “That,” Anderson said, “was really tough.”

OPTA STATS
  • STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN
  • Anderson [28] bt Querrey [17] 7-6 [7-5], 6-7 [9-11], 6-3, 7-6 [9-7]
  • WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS
  • Anderson - 67/45
  • Querrey - 44/36
  • ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS
  • Anderson - 22/3
  • Querrey - 20/7
  • BREAK POINTS WON
  • Anderson - 2/6
  • Querrey - 1/2
  • FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
  • Anderson - 67
  • Querrey - 55
  • PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
  • Anderson - 82/60
  • Querrey - 81/55
  • TOTAL POINTS
  • Anderson - 157
  • Querrey - 143

The third set was more straightforward with Anderson breaking to go ahead 4-2, then serving it out, closing with a down-the-line forehand winner. But there was more drama in the fourth, when Querrey fought off a match point at 6-5, then held a set point at 7-6 with a chance to send it to a fifth.

But Querrey wouldn’t win another point, with Anderson reeling off the last three to end the match after nearly 3 1/2 hours.

Querrey was attempting to become the first American man to reach the final four at Flushing Meadows since Andy Roddick was the runner-up in 2006. Querrey, a 29-year-old from California, had never been a semifinalist at a major until his 42nd appearance, at Wimbledon in July. That set a record for most attempts by a man before getting that far in the Open era, which began in 1968.

In Friday’s semifinals, Anderson will take on 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain. The winner of that match will reach his first Grand Slam final.

Carreno Busta advanced on Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 29 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.