Anderson Outserves Querrey for ATP New York Open TItle

Top seed Anderson downed Nishikori 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4) in a gruelling 2hr 11min semi-final and will now play America's Sam Querrey in Sunday's final.

It was Anderson's first title since the 2015 Winston-Salem Open after battling back from injures. 'Obviously, you go out there - the quicker and easier you can win, the better, ' Anderson said about a few long matches in the run-up to the championship round. "It really means a lot to me to get through today".

Winning the NY final was rather meaningful for Anderson as he already suffered 11 defeats in ATP Tour finals.

Ferreira went on to reach a career-best ranking of No 6 while winning 15 ATP titles from 23 finals, with Anderson's four titles coming from 15 finals and halting a frustrating sequence of falling at the final hurdle in pursuit of success.

"One of the big goals I had for this year was to try to be a bit more successful in that final stage", the 2.03m Anderson said.

His excruciating, closely-contested game against Querrey was highlighted by the ferocious serving of both players - 16 aces for Anderson and 11 for the American - with the South African only stamping an indelible advantage in a see-sawing match in the third set tie-breaker, which he won 7-1 after leading 6-0.

"It feels great to come through and get today's win. It gives me a lot of confidence for the year".

Anderson amazingly needed three sets to win all four of his matches in NY. The third set went to a tiebreak which the South African closed out. "But it could have gone either way".

Following a blow-out in last month's Australian Open, that raised fears South Africa's No 1 tennis player wouldn't build on his excellent runners-up finish at the US Open a year ago, this win comes as a relief.

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