Anderson fights back to beat Carreno Busta and reach US Open final

Kevin Anderson produced an excellent fightback from a set down to reach his first grand slam final by defeating Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 at the US Open.

Taking full advantage of a depleted draw, Anderson became the lowest-ranked U.S. Open finalist since the ATP's computer rankings began in 1973.

Anderson was so excited that he celebrated his semifinal victory as if it made him the champion, stepping on a chair and then a flower box to help him climb into his guest box in the stands.

The absence of Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori left one half of the draw wide open at Flushing Meadows, with Anderson and Carreno Busta the two to have taken advantage.

Anderson was appearing in his 34th major tournament. He was ranked 32nd, but was seeded 28th at Flushing Meadows, thanks to withdrawals by several top players.

"It's nice that some of them gave us a bit of a shot to make a run in this tournament," Anderson said. Until this week, he had reached the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament only once, losing at that stage in New York two years ago. Before that, he had been 0-7 in fourth-rounders at majors.

The 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Anderson is a big server, but it was his success returning against the 12th-seeded Carreno Busta that was the key to this victory. After failing to get a break point in the opening set, Anderson generated 14 the rest of the way -- and converted four, which was enough for the biggest victory of his career.