September 9, 2017 / 3:59 AM / in a year

Tennis-U.S. Open round-up from day 12

Sept 8 (Reuters) - Round-up of day 12 at the U.S. Open championships on Friday:

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t know if the team hug is appropriate before the final but it felt like the right thing to do.” - South African Kevin Anderson on his celebration after beating Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4.

FACT OF THE DAY: World number 32 Kevin Anderson became the lowest-ranked U.S. Open men’s singles finalist since the inception of the ATP rankings in 1973.

STATISTIC OF THE DAY: Top seed Rafa Nadal will look to claim his 16th major and third U.S. Open title when he meets Kevin Anderson on Sunday. The Spaniard has not been pushed past four sets in the tournament and has dropped just three sets en route to the final.

PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY: Rafa Nadal recovered from a first set blip to thump Juan Martin del Potro 4-6 6-0 6-3 6-2 and reach the final four years after his last title at Flushing Meadows. Pegged back initially by the Argentine’s power play, Nadal took control of the match from the second set, working the angles and forcing his towering opponent to move more. The plan worked as Nadal came through victorious in two hours and 30 minutes. (Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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