Memphis: South African second seed Kevin Anderson advanced to the final of the ATP Memphis Open by outlasting American Donald Young 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday.
The 28-year-old world number 15 blasted 13 aces in booking a date in Sunday`s championship match against the winner of a later semi-final between American Sam Querrey and Japan`s top-seeded Kei Nishikori, the two-time defending champion.
Anderson broke Young at love in the seventh game of the final set for a 4-3 lead and held twice for the triumph, his fifth in six meetings with the 25-year-old US left-hander.
Anderson has lost his past five ATP finals appearances, most recently last March at Acapulco to Grigor Dimitrov. His only ATP titles came at the 2011 South African Open and in 2012 at Delray Beach, Florida, where he now resides.
Young, ranked 67th, reached his only career ATP final in 2011 at Bangkok, losing the title to Britain`s Andy Murray. He had won his most recent prior meeting with Anderson last year at a Washington quarter-final.
Nishikori, last year`s US Open runner-up, seeks his eighth career title, having won four last year including the Barcelona Open, Malaysian Open, Japan Open and his Memphis repeat.