Anderson is, quite simply, the most unexpected US Open men’s finalist of the Open era. Before last week, he had reached one quarterfinal in the 34 majors he had played in his 10-year career, and he was seeded just 28th here. When Andy Murray dropped out of an already thin bottom half of the draw two days before the tournament began, a surprise finalist was virtually assured. But Anderson’s run has still been a stunner.
Can he pull off another surprise in the final? A victory over the top-seeded Nadal would be one of the biggest upsets in major-tournament history. Anderson, who has yet to face a Top 10 opponent here, is 0-4 against Rafa, and he has won just one set in those four meetings.