Anderson beats Carreno Busta to make UAE exhibition semis

South Africa's Kevin Anderson serves the ball to Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta during the first day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

U.S. Open runner-up Kevin Anderson has extended his dominance over Pablo Carreno Busta with a straight-sets win over the Spaniard in the United Arab Emirates exhibitions also featuring Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — U.S. Open runner-up Kevin Anderson extended his dominance over Pablo Carreno Busta with a straight-sets win over the Spaniard on Thursday in the United Arab Emirates exhibitions also featuring Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic.

No. 14-ranked Anderson beat No. 10 Carreno Busta 6-3, 7-6 (2) to set up a semifinal with No. 5 Dominic Thiem of Austria.

Anderson is 3-0 against Carreno Busta on the ATP Tour, and he did not tarnish that record in a win highlighted by an impressive service game.

The three-day men's exhibition event will stop for Williams, who is scheduled to play French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko on Saturday.

Williams hasn't played competitively since the Australian Open, which she won while eight weeks pregnant. She gave birth to her first child, a daughter, in September.

Djokovic hasn't played since retiring from his quarterfinal at Wimbledon in July because of an elbow injury.

He will play Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in the other semifinal on Friday.

Bautista Agut defeated Andrey Rublev of Russia 7-5, 6-2.

Andy Murray, also out since July with a hip injury, is at the event but only to train in preparation for his comeback.

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