Nearlyman Anderson takes another giant stride on major stage

Mon 16 Jul 2018 at 12:26 Sports
NNA - It was a case of "Kevin who?" 10 months ago when South African beanpole Kevin Anderson made it all the way into his first major final at the U.S. Open last year.

On Sunday, he was no longer Mr Anonymous as he had to interrupt his pre-match routine to take a call from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa before his Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic.

Although the president’s good luck wishes were not enough to carry a fatigued Anderson to victory on Center Court, his three-set defeat by Novak Djokovic at least shows the giant strides the 6-foot-8 Anderson has made over the past year.

When Anderson made his Grand Slam breakthrough at Flushing Meadows last September at 31 years old and ranked 32nd, pundits were ready to write him off as an ageing one-time nearly man.

After all he had made it through to the title showdown without facing anyone in the top 15.

With no Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray in the draw, Anderson lucked out when he fell into the half of the draw that did not feature either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.

When he did come up against one of them, Nadal in the final, he was whipped in straight sets.--REUTERS


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