Johannesburg, South Africa - South Africa's Kevin Anderson thrilled the home crowd with a semifinal victory Saturday at the SA Tennis Open and will meet India's Somdev Devvarman in Sunday's title match.
The fourth-seeded Anderson rallied after dropping a first-set tiebreaker to earn a 6-7 (3-7), 6-0, 6-4 victory over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino after Devvarman had disappointed the home crowd with a 6-2, 6-4 win over South African wild card Izak Van der Merwe.
Devvarman needed just 87 minutes to advance to his second career ATP singles final. He lost to Marin Cilic in the 2009 Chennai title match.
Anderson is also gunning for his first ATP singles crown in his second final. The Johannesburg native was beaten by American Sam Querrey in the 2008 Las Vegas title match.
Anderson beat Devvarman in straight sets in the first round of last year's U.S. Open in the only previous meeting.
Sunday's champion will claim $76,500.