Former world No. 5 Kevin Anderson was excited after reaching his first ATP final since 2019. Anderson, now ranked at No. 113 in the world, received a wildcard into Newport and now he is one win away from winning it all at the tournament.
On Saturday, No. 8 seed Anderson recovered from a set down to beat top-seeded Alexander Bublik 4-6 7-6 (3) 7-5. “It’s the biggest match of the week, and I’ve worked a long time to be back in a final,” Anderson said, per the ATP website.
“It’s been quite some time for me [since my last final], so it means a lot. I am going to enjoy this win, and I hope to be ready for tomorrow. “After Wimbledon I saw that I wasn’t going to be in the main draw [of the US Open], so I emailed the tournament [in Newport] and they were kind enough to give me a wild card.
I knew I had to make the semis in order to reach the main draw, that was the first step. Now I hope that tomorrow I can go one step further”.
Anderson claimed a tight win over Bublik
Bublik made a good start to the match, having broken Anderson in games one and five to take a 4-1 lead.
Anderson got one break back in the sixth game but Bublik served out for the opener in the 10th game. After winning the first set, Bublik broke Anderson in the opening game of the second set. But Anderson kept his focus and broke back Bublik in the second game.
As no more breaks were seen -- the set went into a tie-break -- in which Anderson realized his first set point to force a decider. Anderson saved two break points in the fourth game, before breaking Bublik in the 11th game. Anderson then converted his first match point in the 12th game to complete a comeback win.