Who could have thought that Kevin Anderson is going to reach the finals in this year’s US Open edition?
There were some predictions that Rafael Nadal is going to be at this stage, but on the other hand, nobody saw the 31-year-old South African in this position.
If there was one tournament where are the favorites were constant it was the one at Flushing Meadows. Apart from Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro, since 2004 only the members from Big Four (Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, and Murray) have been celebrating here. And in most of the times, they all were in the semi-finals.
Kevin Anderson provided us with a much-needed refreshment. He defeated Pablo Carreno-Busta in four sets, with 4:6, 7:5, 6:3, 6:4, after two and a half hours of play becoming the first South African after 1965 and Cliff Drysdale who reached the finals of US Open. He also became the first South African who was in one Grand Slam finals in the last 36 years.
Back in 1981, Johann Kriek won the Australian Open.
Anderson’s biggest strengths are powerful serves and forehands. That was evident against the Spaniard in the semifinals. If you allow him to impose his own tempo which is very offensive and aggressive, you don’t stand a chance.
We have to add, though, that Anderson, had no major tests before these finals. His part of the draw was much easier than Rafael Nadal’s.
The Spaniard, however, didn’t have any problems despite the fact that his opponents were much better players.
After he lost the first set against Delpo, we saw a true meaning of the phrase ”raging bull”. Nadal was simply unstoppable, and allowed only 5 games to his rival, closing this event in a convincing manner 4:6, 6:0, 6:3, 6:2.
With the beginning of the second week of New York, Rafa has been on a rampage and not once he had any troubles.
This is going to be his 23rd Grand Slam finals, and he is going to be after his 16th title. It will be his chance to make 2017 an exceptionally successful year for him. If he wins US Open, that is going to be his second Grand Slam title in three finals.
One interesting fact is that this is going to be his first ever Grand Slam final without Djokovic, Federer, and Murray on the other side of the net.
Besides this, he already wrote history with winning the Roland Garros for the 10th time. That made him the first player in history who reached double figure number of titles at one Grand Slam. He made the exact same achievement with Masters tournament in Monte Carlo and with the ATP tournament in Barcelona.
So what are your opinions about this match? Does Kevin Anderson have the slightest chance to surprise the Bull from Manacor?
Or is Rafa going to prove that this is his year?
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