NEW YORK—It was the calm before the storm when Pablo Carreno Busta and Kevin Anderson took the court just after 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon in New York.
Arthur Ashe Stadium was mostly filled, but in anticipation of the Rafael Nadal-Juan Martin del Potro blockbuster that was scheduled later, the crowd was mostly subdued during the first US Open men’s semifinal.
The players, though, told a different story. Both into the first Grand Slam semifinal of their careers, a massive opportunity lied ahead, and you could see it in their intensity, their doggedness and their ground strokes.
Would they ever get this chance again? Most likely not, and you sensed that they’d be the first to admit that.
Ultimately, power and experience prevailed over athleticism and consistency as Anderson came back from a first-set deficit to beat Carreno Busta, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.