Anderson sinks Thiem to reach final in Abu Dhabi

Cape Town – South Africa's Kevin Anderson has advanced through to the final of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Anderson defeated world No 5 Dominic Thiem of Austria in straight sets 7-6(6), 6-4 in their semi-final at the International Tennis Stadium at Zayed Sports City.

Thiem received a bye into the semi-finals, while Anderson had to overcome Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta to progress further.

The world No 14-ranked South African will now face Spain's Roberto Bautista-Agut in the final on Saturday after the late withdrawal of former world No 1 Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic was scheduled to play Bautista-Agut in the second semi-final of the exhibition tournament, however pulled out due to elbow pain.

Into the final in Abu Dhabi!
?? #AywaAnderson#MWTC10

— Kevin Anderson (@KAndersonATP) December 29, 2017

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