Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Rafael Nadal, Kevin Anderson Advance to US Open Final
NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal didn’t allow Juan Martin del Potro to repeat history at the US Open.
In 2009, del Potro beat both Nadal and Roger Federer en route to his only Grand Slam title at the Open. But after the Argentine stunned Federer this year in the quarterfinals, Nadal halted his run with a dominant 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 victory in the semifinals before more than 23,000 hyped fans in Arthur Ashe Stadium. The star-studded crowd included Tiger Woods, who sat in Nadal’s player box, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Redford and Aziz Ansari.
No. 1 Nadal will now face 6-foot-8 South African Kevin Anderson, a fellow 31-year-old and the No. 28 seed, in Sunday’s US Open final. Anderson reached his first Grand Slam when he beat No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in the first semifinal.
“It’s been an amazing season of course after a couple years with some troubles, injuries, tough moments,” Nadal told ESPN in his on-court interview. “Yeah, this year since the beginning has been a very emotional year. Means everything to me to be back in this amazing court in front of amazing crowd. [To] have the chance to fight for another title here is so important for me.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.