Kevin Anderson is in the US Open final

Rafael Nadal and Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson will become the first South African to compete in a US Open Final in 52 years when he takes on Rafael Nadal in NY on Sunday night.

Anderson is seeking to become the first South African to win a singles grand slam title.

The Spaniard is odds-on favourite to beat Anderson and win his first major title away from the French Open since the second of his titles in NY in 2013 and match Roger Federer by claiming two Grand Slams this season.

Anderson, who will be playing in the first grand slam final of his career, relies heavily on his huge serve, which topped 135 miles per hour (217 kph) during his four-set battle against Pablo Carreno Busta in their semi-final on Friday.

The opening ceremony is under way and the players should be on court shortly.

Incidentally, Anderson has been based in Florida in the United States, where he bought a house in 2011, but still maintains his South African citizenship.

Rafael Nadal
Nadal is now just three grand slams behind long-time rival Roger Federer who leads the all-time list with 19

David and Goliath, meet Kevin Anderson and Rafael Nadal. "I really need to be dominant and control proceedings as much as possible, because if you let him do it, it's very hard", said Anderson, the lowest-ranked US Open finalist since the ATP rankings began in 1973. Catch live scores and updates of the US Open final between Rafael Nadal and Kevin Anderson here. This means the world to me.

"Last year, I was told I probably needed surgery on my hip, but here I am just nine months later".

Speaking immediately after his historic achievement, an excited Anderson said: "It's been a long road".

Tennis South Africa (TSA) chief executive officer Richard Glover was thrilled when he spoke to City Press yesterday, saying Anderson's heroics would inspire young South Africans from all communities to play tennis.

Nadal defeated Argentina's 24th-seeded "Giant Killer", Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 at the US Open. Nadal, on the other hand, has won 15 Grand Slam titles, twice at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. He prevailed at Flushing Meadows in 2010 and 2013, besides suffering a loss to Novak Djokovic in the 2014 final.

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