Johannesburg – South African tennis player Kevin Anderson became the first South African to reach the final of the Sydney International on Friday, after beating Frenchman Julien Benneteau.

The world number 36-ranked Anderson lost the first set, before winning the next two, to advance into Saturday's final, where he will face either young Australian Bernard Tomic or Italian third seed Andreas Seppi.

It took Anderson two hours and 23 minutes to grind out the 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10/8) victory.

Wayne Ferreira was the last South African to play in a Sydney semi-final against Carlos Moya in 2004. – Sapa