South Africa’s Kevin Anderson made history as he became the first from his nation to reach a major grand slam semis after fourteen years at the on going US Open.
He defeated Sam Querry in the quarter finals at Flushing Meadows, with Anderson winning 7-6 (7), 6-7 (11), 6-3, 7-6 (9).
Not since Wayne Ferreira at the 2003 Australian Open has a South African made the last four at a Slam, while Cliff Drysdale in 1965 was the last man to do so in New York, when the tournament was still amateur.
Anderson has been hampered by injuries after he reached the quarter finals at the US Open in 2015 and was recently being ranked 80th.
He said: ‘This is incredible. Playing on this stage, one of the most famous courts in the world in a night session, getting through feels absolutely fantastic.’
In an unlikely fashion, Anderson will take on Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta for a place in the title decider.
It was the South African who drew first blood, winning the final five points of the first-set tie-break after Querrey had seemed poised to take it.
The clock ticked past midnight as they entered a second tie-break, and Querrey almost let slip an even more dominant position, allowing 6-1 to become 6-6 before finally taking his eighth set point.
But Anderson came back to take the third set and the 28th seed edged the fourth-set tie-break too, converting his second match point when Querrey missed a forehand.
Earlier, Carreno Busta defeated Diego Schwartzman to reach his first Grand Slam singles semi-final.
‘This is very special for me, I’m going to try to enjoy it a little bit. It’s going to be a tough battle but I’m just so excited to be competing in a semi-final of a grand slam.’ Anderson expressed his feelings after making history.