If he starts strong and gets some momentum, he might be able to take the first set, but that'll be it. He smiled and waved.
He knocked off Federer in the quarterfinals and now is trying to beat them back-to-back for the second time.
While victories over JC Aragone, Ernests Gulbis, Borna Coric and the unsafe Paolo Lorenzi were all high quality, it was the quarter-finals here he really appeared to hit his stride.
Cliff Drysdale was the last South African man in the United States final in 1965 but he was defeated by Manuel Santana.
The South African prevailed in their meeting in Montreal in August‚ winning 6-3 7-6 in a second round clash.
Golfing compatriots and major winners Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen watched him win Friday on the NY hardcourts to reach the brink of a breakthrough win at 31.
Anderson pounded 22 aces, including a 132-mph heater to close out the third set.
Things got a little hairy in the women's doubles semifinals. "Wouldn't expect that from a friend". "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".
Williams continued: "These unbelievable women continue to change the game and bring excellence, power, finesse and change to tennis". "Let's go ladies!" followed by three heart emojis. The South African hit 67 winners in his quarterfinal against Querrey, demonstrating his power and baseline quality. "Seeing all the American players in the draw and all of them advancing so deep and competing so well", Williams said.
Hingis and Murray will face Michael Venus and Chan Hao-Ching in the mixed final.
Two games later Anderson saved a pair of set points, but a third was quickly snatched up by Carreno Busta as a serve out wide was returned into the net.
Anderson won the second set 7-5 after Carreno Busta grabbed the opening set 6-4.
He maintained his grip in the fourth set with breaks in the fourth and eighth games and as 12th seed Carreno Busta wilted, he broke again for 3-2 in the fourth in what proved the final blow.
The likes of fourth seed Alexander Zverev, seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov and eighth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga then went out in the early rounds. He committed 14 unforced errors to just one for Carreno Busta in the set.
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.
It's the furthest either man has ever gone in a Grand Slam tournament.
The U.S. Open hasn't had a champion who didn't drop a set since Neale Fraser in 1960. Or will the Spaniard continue his rich vein of form at Flushing Meadows and keep his dream alive?
Czech Karolina Plishkova, the reigning number one and last year's US Open runner-up, must reach this year's final or lose the top spot to already-ousted Garbine Muguruza, the reigning Wimbledon champion.
"When Juan Martin is playing well, it's hard to stop him".
He became the top-ranked male South African player on 10 March 2008 after making the final at the 2008 Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas.
The matches Friday offer quite a contrast in experience and name recognition.
Playing in his first semi-final at the Slams since losing the longest ever last-four clash to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2013, Del Potro is riding a tidal wave of emotion in NY.