World number one, Rafael Nadal comfortably defeated Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro to reach his 23rd career Grand Slam final.
31-year-old Nadal, who won the 2010 and 2013 US Open, dispatched Del Potro 4-6 6-0 6-3 6-2 in front of a sonorous crowd at Flushing Meadows.
“It has been an amazing season of course after a couple of injuries and troubles,” Nadal said after the victory.
“To be back here in front of this amazing crowd, on this amazing court, and to have the chance to fight for another title is so important to me.” he added.
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Elsewhere, Kevin Anderson fought back from a set down to beat Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 to become the first South African to reach a Grand Slam singles final for over three decades.
Speaking after the historic win, Anderson said: “It was an unbelievably tough match on one of the biggest stages in tennis. My emotion at the end kind of summed it up.”
The 32nd seed South African also becomes the first lowest ranked singles player to reach the Us Open final since the ranking system began in 1973.