2018 Runner-Up Anderson Knocked Out Of Wimbledon

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson reacts after a point against Argentina’s Guido Pella during their men’s singles third round match on the fifth day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 5, 2019.
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Kevin Anderson, the 2018 runner-up, was dumped out of Wimbledon on Friday, leaving just four of the top 10 seeds in the tournament.

Anderson, whose season has been interrupted by an elbow injury, slumped to a shock third round 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) defeat to Argentina’s Guido Pella, the 26th seed.

The South African’s defeat means that only Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori remain of the top 10 seeds who started out.

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Pella goes on to face 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic for a place in the quarter-finals.

“I don’t know how to describe this,” said Pella, who had never gone beyond the third round of a Grand Slam tournament in seven years.

“I played an unbelievable three sets.”

In the women’s event, Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova reached the fourth round for the second successive year with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan.

Pliskova, who fired 14 aces and 42 winners, will next face compatriot Karolina Muchova, the world number 68, who put out Estonian 20th seed Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (9/7), 6-3.

Muchova is making her Wimbledon debut as is 19-year-old Dayana Yastremska and the 35th-ranked Ukrainian marked the occasion by also making the last 16.

She put out Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic 7-5, 6-3 and next meets unseeded Chinese player Zhang Shuai.

World number 60 Zhang made the fourth round for the first time, coming back from 0-4 down in the opening set to beat former world number one Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2 who failed to see eye-to-eye with the Hawk-Eye line call review system.

Before this year, the 30-year-old Zhang had never won a main draw match at Wimbledon in five attempts.

It was a record which reflected her previous struggles — she was 0-14 at the Slams until she broke through to the 2016 Australian Open quarter-finals.

On Friday, she fired 26 winners against just eight for Wozniacki, the 2018 Australian Open champion.

‘I Don’t Have A Next Match’

Wozniacki’s affection for the tournament would not have been helped by her unhappiness at what she claimed to be a number of poor calls by Hawk-Eye.

“You trust that it tells you the right thing. Sometimes you do see the balls a little differently than Hawk-Eye,” said the 28-year-old.

The umpire, she claimed, offered to get the system looked at — for the next match on Court Two.

“Well, I don’t have a next match,” she grumbled.

Zhang, the first Chinese woman in the last 16 in five years, said: “These three matches, I’ve moved well. If I want to win, I must be focused, clear my mind and play my game.”

Raonic, the 15th seed, reached the fourth round for the fifth time by seeing off the sport’s tallest man Reilly Opelka of the United States 7-6 (7/1), 6-2, 6-1.

France’s Benoit Paire booked a last 16 place for the second time with a 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) win over Czech qualifier Jiri Vesely.

He will meet Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut who stunned Russian 10th seed Karen Khachanov 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1.

Four-time champion Novak Djokovic will later attempt to reach the last 16 for the 12th time and draw level with Boris Becker on the all-time list.

The world number one and top seed takes on Poland’s world number 48 Hubert Hurkacz who he defeated in straight sets in the first round at Roland Garros.

A win for the 16-time major winner would potentially give him a blockbuster fourth round match-up with Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime who at 18 is the youngest man in the draw.

The 19th seeded teenager faces fellow Wimbledon debutant Ugo Humbert of France, the world number 66.

Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old sensation who defeated five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round, takes on Slovenia’s Polona Hercog for a place in the last 16.

Gauff, ranked at 313, is the youngest player to get to the third round since Jennifer Capriati in 1991 and came through qualifying.

Andy Murray, making his Grand Slam comeback after hip surgery, teams up with Serena Williams in the mixed doubles later Friday.

Murray made a successful return on Thursday night when he and Pierre-Hugues Herbert teamed up for the first time and reached the men’s doubles second round.

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Federer Downs Anderson To Reach Miami Semi-Final

Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against Kevin Anderson of South Africa during day eleven of the Miami Open tennis on March 28, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

 

Roger Federer superbly cut Kevin Anderson down to size with a magical ATP and WTA Miami Open display to seal his spot in the semi-finals with a 6-0, 6-4 victory.

The Swiss came into the match with Anderson knowing the world number seven’s huge serve could be the difference at Hard Rock Stadium, just as it was in a dramatic five set, last eight encounter at Wimbledon won by the South African last summer.

Yet after a whirlwind first set, Federer had broken the Anderson serve three times and “bageled” his opponent, much to the delight of a packed house on center court who came to show their appreciation for the evergreen 37 year-old as he chases a fourth Miami title which would take his career tally to 101.

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It was the first time Anderson, 32, has ever lost a first set at ATP level to love.

There were only 27 minutes on the clock when Federer, whose backhand slice in particular was causing Anderson all manner of problems, broke in the first game of the second.

After that, despite some resistance from Anderson, there really only ever looked like being one outcome.

“I played a really solid first set and got a good read on his serve,” said the current world number five who has improved with every match on this run to the last four.

“It was tough because I know he keeps going and if you get passive you need to come up with a good passing shot.

“Maybe I got a bit lucky at the end, but I am just pleased to get through.”

The Swiss plays Canadian starlet Denis Shapovalov, 19, in what will be a first meeting between the pair on Friday for a place in Sunday’s final.

“The young guys are going to carry the game forward after we have stopped playing,” Federer said. “I am looking forward to watching them slug it out in the future while I am sat on the couch.”

On this evidence, though, the 20 time Slam-winning star remains incredibly hard to beat.

Anderson refused to buckle and when he finally managed to get on the board by breaking the former world number one’s serve, he was sarcastically applauded by some sections of what was a predictably pro-Federer crowd.

The remainder of the second set remained incredibly tight as Anderson relied on a serve that wasn’t firing consistently — a recent elbow problem which forced him out of Indian Wells this month appearing to hamper him at times.

But he remained dangerous enough to save five break points in an epic ninth game.

Federer, however, finally moved to within one service game of victory when Anderson hit long and was broken. The Swiss then served out to love as the clock showed one hour and 25 minutes.

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Anderson Outmuscles Thiem To Win ATP Finals Opener

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson celebrates after beating Belgium’s Dominic Thiem 6-3, 7-6 in their singles round robin match on day one of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on November 11, 2018. Glyn KIRK / AFP

 

Kevin Anderson overpowered Dominic Thiem 6-3, 7-6 (12/10) to win his ATP Finals opener on Sunday as Roger Federer prepared to launch his bid for the 100th title of his storied career.

South African giant Anderson came into the match with a healthy 6-2 lead over Thiem in head-to-heads but had lost their two most recent meetings, including a straight-sets defeat at the US Open.

The Wimbledon finalist, who stands at 2.03 metres (six feet eight inches) tall, established an early grip on the match at London’s O2 arena, dominating the early exchanges and securing the crucial break.

The 32-year-old, making his debut at the season finale, won 84 per cent of his points on serve in the first set, compared with just 58 per cent for his ragged Austrian opponent.

Thiem tightened up his game in the second set and looked far more aggressive, with his serving numbers rocketing higher but Anderson held firm to take the set into a tie-break.

In a see-saw tie-break, 25-year-old Thiem had two chances to level the match but Anderson kept his cool to seal the victory with an ace on his fourth match point.

In the later match in the Lleyton Hewitt group, second seed and six-time champion Roger Federer takes on Japan’s Kei Nishikori.

The title is contested by the eight players who have accumulated the most ranking points over the season and is in a round-robin format, with the best four players reaching the knockout semi-finals stage.

World number one Novak Djokovic, who heads the Guga Kuerten group, will be in action on Monday against John Isner while Alexander Zverev takes on Marin Cilic.

Djokovic, who is gunning for a sixth title to equal Federer’s record, has stormed back to the top of men’s tennis from the unlikely position of 22nd in the world as recently as June, winning Wimbledon and the US Open along the way.

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Djokovic Feared His Best Days Were Behind Him

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts after beating Spain’s Rafael Nadal in their men’s singles semi-final match on the twelfth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships on July 14, 2018. Photo: ANDREW COULDRIDGE / POOL / AFP

 

Novak Djokovic is the overwhelming favourite to secure a fourth Wimbledon title on Sunday but he admits he feared his best days were behind him when his career nose-dived over the last year.

The 31-year-old former world number one won the last of his 12 majors at the 2016 French Open when he completed the career Grand Slam.

And after a shattering quarter-final exit at this year’s Roland Garros, which saw his world ranking slump to its lowest in 12 years, the Serb even considered sitting out Wimbledon where he has been champion in 2011, 2014 and 2015.

However, on Saturday, Djokovic was the big-hitting, chest-pumping star of old as he defeated old rival Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11/9), 3-6, 10-8 in an epic semi-final to book a Sunday title showdown with Kevin Anderson.

“Yes, there were moments of doubt, of frustration, disappointment, where you’re questioning whether you want to keep it going,” said Djokovic back in a Slam final for the first time since finishing runner-up at the 2016 US Open.

It was at Wimbledon last year where his troubles started.

An elbow injury forced a retirement in his quarter-final and he sat out the rest of 2017.

He was then knocked out of the Australian Open in the last 16 in January by Hyeon Chung, then ranked at 58.

Taro Daniel, the 109-ranked Japanese player, stunned in him in Indian Wells before Benoit Paire, at 47 in the rankings, knocked him out in Miami.

In what was becoming a familiar tale, Martin Klizan, at 140, ousted him in Barcelona before there were signs of life with a run to the final at Queen’s Club on the eve of Wimbledon.

“I managed to overcome challenges and obstacles, get myself to the final of a Slam,” added Djokovic.

“Obviously if you told me that six months ago, I would take it right away.

“But did I truly believe that I can get back on the level? Yes, I mean, it’s hard for me to play tennis and not believe that I can be the best in what I do.”

At Wimbledon this year, he has battled unruly crowds, claiming elements of Centre Court were “unfair” to him in his win over home hope Kyle Edmund, and bizarre scheduling.

Seeded at a lowly 12, he suffered the indignity of being exiled to Court Two for his second round.

He will take a 5-1 career record over 32-year-old Anderson into Sunday’s final.

His only loss was in 2008, while he has twice defeated the big-serving South African in two of his trophy-winning campaigns at Wimbledon in 2011 and 2015.

Anderson is the first South African man since Brian Norton in 1921 to reach the Wimbledon final.

He is also just the third African to reach this stage after Norton and Jaroslav Drobny who represented Egypt when he made the championship match in 1952 and 1954.

“I really hope that it’s a source of inspiration for kids,” said Anderson after his 6-hour 36-minute epic semi-final win over John Isner, the second longest singles match ever played at a Grand Slam.

The 2017 US Open runner-up had knocked out eight-time champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, also in five sets, saving a match point along the way.

The Florida-based Johannesburg-born player has spent 21 hours on court getting to the final.

Sunday’s final may not be easy on the eye, however, with Anderson having fired 172 aces so far while boasting the fourth fastest serve at 140mph (225.3 km/h).

“I don’t know if I’ll be the clear favourite in that one. I think we’re quite even,” insisted Djokovic.

“He’s definitely playing the tennis of his life. He’s coming off from two epic marathon five-set wins. I don’t think he has much to lose.

“He’s going to come out with big serves and big tennis. Hopefully I’ll be able to weather the storm.”

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Epic Djokovic Stuns Nadal To Reach Wimbledon Final

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts after beating Spain’s Rafael Nadal in their men’s singles semi-final match on the twelfth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. Photo: ANDREW COULDRIDGE / POOL / AFP

 

Novak Djokovic reached his fifth Wimbledon final on Saturday with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11/9), 3-6, 10-8 victory over Rafael Nadal in the second longest semi-final ever played at the tournament.

Djokovic, the 2011, 2014 and 2015 champion, will face Kevin Anderson, the first South African in the final in 97 years, for the title after a 5-hour 15-minute marathon.

Victory on Sunday for the 31-year-old Serb would take his career Slam tally to 13, four behind Nadal and seven back from Roger Federer.

It was a second day of epic drama at the All England Club after Anderson had needed 6 hours and 36 minutes to beat John Isner on Friday.

That set the record for the longest semi-final at the tournament and became the second longest Grand Slam singles match ever played.

It also meant that Djokovic and Nadal had been unable to finish their 52nd career clash on Friday night.

The Saturday drama delayed the start of the women’s final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber.

“It’s hard to pick the words. I’m just going through things, flashbacks to the last 15 months, everything I’ve been through to get here,” said world number 21 Djokovic, the lowest ranked finalist in 15 years.

“To win against the best player in the world, in one of the longest matches I ever played, I’m just overwhelmed.

“It’s very special. It really could have gone either way. It was clear very few things separated us.”

Djokovic, who will be in his 22nd Grand Slam final, finished with 23 aces and 73 winners and triumphed despite only converting four of 19 break points.

“Until the last shot I didn’t know if I would win. These are matches you live for and work for,” he added.

Friday curfew

Former world number one Djokovic will take a 5-1 career lead over eight-seed Anderson into the final.

The South African won his only match against the Serb in 2008 while Djokovic has beaten him twice at Wimbledon.

“Hopefully we can first of all play!” an exhausted Djokovic said of his fellow marathon man.

Anderson, who knocked out Federer in the quarter-finals, has been on court for 21 hours at the tournament.

“He had a day off which means a lot. I wish I could have one, but it is what it is,” Djokovic said.

“I’m in the final of Wimbledon. That’s an incredible achievement.”

Djokovic had been in control on Friday, leading two sets to one when the match was halted due the 11pm (2200GMT) curfew.

Play in their 52nd career meeting resumed under the roof on Saturday despite bright blue skies and temperatures pushing 30 degrees.

“I think it was a fantastic level of tennis for both of us. I was not a spectator, but I think was a great show for the fans,” said Nadal, who said he spent his time Friday waiting for Isner and Anderson finish by putting golf balls.

He also believes the roof should have been opened on Saturday.

“It’s true that the schedule was a little bit tight knowing that the first match was between two big servers.

“Maybe would be better if they play us first at 1 o’clock.”

Djokovic, the 12th seed, could not convert two break points in a 15-minute opening game of the fourth set on Saturday.

In front of the watching Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Nadal made him pay.

The sweat-soaked two-time champion held, broke and held again for 3-0.

However, back roared Djokovic with a break and was soon back on level terms at 3-3.

In a roller-coaster of a set, Nadal broke for 5-3 causing Djokovic to angrily smash his racquet into his feet four times.

He was even angrier minutes later when he squandered three more break points to allow Nadal to level the semi-final with an ace.

Djokovic wasted another three break points in the eighth game of the decider.

Nadal then squandered three break points in the 15th game before saving a match point in the 16th with a pitch-perfect drop shot.

However, the pressure of serving second was relentless and Djokovic wrapped up victory in the 18th game when Nadal speared a forehand wide.

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Have Mercy! Anderson And Isner Demand Rule Change After Wimbledon Epic

Have Mercy! Anderson And Isner Demand Rule Change After Wimbledon Epic
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson (L) shakes hands after winning against US player John Isner during the final set tie-break of their men’s singles semi-final match on the eleventh day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. Glyn KIRK / POOL / AFP

 

Kevin Anderson and John Isner called for Grand Slam chiefs to introduce a cut-off point for final set marathons after their Wimbledon semi-final entered the record books as the second longest ever singles match at a major.

Anderson survived Friday’s incredible endurance test, beating Isner 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9/11), 6-4, 26-24 in six hours and 36 minutes.

The final set lasted just five minutes short of three hours.

The 32-year-old Anderson is the first South African man to reach the Wimbledon final for 97 years.

But he has little time to rest his aching body before facing Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s final.

And he made it clear Grand Slam tournament organisers should consider a rule change — perhaps introducing a tie-break at 6-6 — to make the deciding set of five-set matches less gruelling.

“I hope this is a sign for Grand Slams to change. For us to be out there for that length of time. I really hope we can look at this, because at the end you don’t feel great,” said Anderson who has been on court for over 21 hours at these championships.

He had also gone five sets to beat eight-time champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, winning the decider 13-11.

“Just playing like that in those conditions was tough on both of us.

“If I was on the opposite (losing) side I don’t know how you take it.

“I have to recover as much as I can for the final now.”

Isner (L) shakes hands with Anderson after the epic clash. Glyn KIRK / POOL / AFP

 

Isner previously won the longest ever Grand Slam singles match against Nicolas Mahut, lasting 11 hours and five minutes over three days in the 2010 Wimbledon first round.

The 33-year-old agreed with Anderson that all Slams should introduce a tiebreak in the final set and fall in line with the US Open.

“I agree with Kevin. I personally think a sensible option would be 12-All,” said Isner who was bidding to reach his first Slam final at the 41st attempt.

“If one person can’t finish the other off before 12-All, then do a tiebreaker there. I think it’s long overdue.

“Rafa and Djokovic, I don’t even know, can they finish tonight? They’re getting on the court at 8:15, whatever it is. We’re out there playing for seven hours. You know, it’s tough.

“I’m a proponent of changing that rule, for sure. I think it needs to be done.”

Isner finished the tournament with a record 221 aces.

Until Friday, he had not dropped serve until Anderson halted that run at 110 service games in the third set.

“I feel pretty terrible. My left heel is killing me. I have an awful blister on my right foot. I’ve felt better before,” said Isner who had also been hoping to be the first American man in a Slam final since Andy Roddick at Wimbledon in 2009.

“You know, a few days’ rest, maybe more than that, and I’ll recoup an

Isner said that being part of yet another record-breaking match did not help ease his pain.

“That’s no consolation to me. It’s not. I’m not going to hang my hat on that, for sure,” he said.

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Anderson Reaches Wimbledon Final After Second Longest Grand Slam Singles Match

Anderson Reaches Wimbledon Final After Second Longest Grand Slam Singles Match
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson reacts after winning against US player John Isner in the men’s singles semi-final match on the eleventh day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships.
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Kevin Anderson won the second longest ever Grand Slam singles match on Friday, beating John Isner 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9/11), 6-4, 26-24 to become the first South African man to reach the Wimbledon final for 97 years.

It took eighth seed Anderson six hours and 35 minutes to see off Isner in a marathon clash on Centre Court.

Isner previously won the longest ever Grand Slam singles match against Nicolas Mahut, lasting 11 hours and five minutes over three days in the 2010 Wimbledon first round.

The 32-year-old, the first South African Wimbledon men’s finalist since Brian Norton in 1921, faces Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s showpiece.

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Nadal Downs Del Potro, Faces Anderson For US Open Title

Spain’s Rafael Nadal (L) and South Africa’s Kevin Anderson celebrating after winning their 2017 US Open Men’s Singles Semifinals matches at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Don EMMERT, Jewel SAMAD / AFP

Rafael Nadal moved one win away from a third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam crown on Friday when he defeated weary Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2.

The 31-year-old Spaniard, the 2010 and 2013 champion in New York, will be playing in his 23rd Slam final and third this year, looking to add the US title to his record 10th French Open.

In Sunday’s final, the world number one will face 32nd-ranked Kevin Anderson, the first South African in the championship match in 52 years.

Anderson reached his maiden final at the majors by beating 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.

For 2009 champion Del Potro, Friday’s match was one too many as the physical and emotional toll of seeing off Roger Federer in four sets in the previous round left him spent.

“I have had an amazing season after some tough moments with injuries in recent years,” said Nadal, who started 2017 by finishing runner-up to Federer in Australia.

“It’s a very emotional year for me. I am in the final again and get the chance to fight for another title which is very important.”

Nadal said the key to Friday’s win was a change of tactics after the first set.

“I played too much to his backhand and I felt he was waiting for me there,” said Nadal after his 15th successive Grand Slam semi-final win.

“I changed it and it worked very well. I made him move more and make it all more unpredictable.”

Nadal finished with 45 winners and 20 unforced errors to Del Potro’s 23 and 40.

Despite a 4-0 winning record over Anderson, Nadal said he will not underestimate his opponent on Sunday.

“He is a very dangerous player with a big serve and plays very well on this surface. I have known him since we were 12.

“He’s had many injuries but the way he has come back is a great example to the kids.”

Del Potro, who saved two match points against Dominic Thiem in a last-16 tie from which he almost retired with illness, gained the only break of the first set in the fifth game of a fortunate net cord.

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‘Been Long Road’ 

However, few would begrudge Del Potro a little luck after he was pushed to the brink of retirement by four wrist surgeries that saw his ranking slip as low as 1,045 and forced him to miss 10 Grand Slam tournaments.

Nadal hit back with venom, gathering three breaks to take the second set in just 26 minutes as the Argentine suffered a power cut of staggering proportions.

The Spaniard, watched by Tiger Woods in his player’s box, then raced into a 3-0 lead in the third before Del Potro stopped the rot, having lost nine games in succession.

The Argentine saved two set points in the eighth game but Nadal soon wrapped it up at the next time of asking, pushing his opponent into desperate defense before the delivering the killer blow into an open court.

Nadal, beaten by Del Potro at the same stage in 2009, tightened the noose with two breaks for 4-1 and easy hold for 5-1.

It was all over in the eighth game when Nadal buried unleashed a backhand winner.

“I’m angry to lose a chance like this, but maybe tomorrow I will be calm and see how big the tournament was for me,” said Del Potro.

Anderson, 31, will attempt to become his country’s first Slam champion since Johan Kriek at the 1981 Australian Open.

Cliff Drysdale was the last South African man in the US final in 1965 but he was defeated by Manuel Santana.

“It has been a long road. This means the world to me,” said Anderson, whose career was at a crossroads in January when hip problems forced him out of the Australian Open and his ranking slumped to 80.

“This is why we work so hard. I was pretty nervous with it being the first time on the sport’s most famous stage.”

Carreno Busta, also playing in his first semi-final at the Slams, had not dropped a set at the tournament, helped by playing four qualifiers, and he was a set to the good on Friday, breaking in the seventh game.

The Spaniard had pocketed the opener hitting just two winners and only one unforced error.

But 6ft 8in (2.03m) Anderson eventually imposed himself much to the approval of watching Hollywood star Robert Redford and Microsoft founder Bill Gates

Anderson finished the tie with a power-packed 22 aces and 58 winners.

Venus Williams And Kevin Anderson Progress At U.S. Open

Venus Williams rolled back the years to knock out Petra Kvitova and set up a U.S. Open semi-final clash with unseeded compatriot Sloane Stephens in New York on Tuesday, remaining on track for a place in her third grand slam final of 2017.

The 37-year-old needed 154 minutes and plenty of grit to down a battling Kvitova 6-3 3-6 7-6(2) as she kept alive her hopes of winning her first major since Wimbledon in 2008.

Williams, who won two of her eight grand slam titles at the U.S. Open in 2000 and 2001, began slowly and was down 3-1 before breaking Kvitova’s serve twice to take the first set.

Kvitova, on the comeback trail after sustaining a career-threatening injury during a home invasion late last year, hit back to force a third set but was unable to match her opponent’s composure in the decisive tiebreak.

Williams closed out the match to the delight of a noisy crowd at Arthur Ashe stadium but found time to pay tribute to her Czech opponent immediately after her triumph.

Venus Williams said “You know, when the situation get hairy, and it’s crazy out here, I try to tell myself to enjoy the competition and enjoy the battle, and I think I was able to do that tonight. Thank you guys for being here with me and seeing me through.”

Next up for Williams is another comeback kid in 16th seed Sloane Stephens, who only began her season at Wimbledon after foot surgery sidelined her for nearly a year.

Kevin Anderson spoiled the American party at the U.S. Open when the big-serving South African beat local favourite Sam Querrey 7-6(5) 6-7(9) 6-3 7-6(7) to reach his first grand slam semi-final in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The two big servers could not manage a break in the opening set and Querrey, who was hoping to be the first American male to make it to the last four here since Andy Roddick in 2006, moved 5-2 up in the tiebreaker but Anderson then played more freely and won five points in a row to take the lead.

There was an early exchange of breaks in the second set with Querrey opening a 6-1 lead in the tiebreak before suffering another meltdown and finding himself trailing 8-7.

This time, however, the 17th seed regrouped and equalised on his eighth set point when Anderson returned long, triggering a huge roar from the crowd.

But the stands gradually cleared up as the match was sent deep into the night.

Anderson got a decisive break in the sixth game of the third set as Querrey struggled with his first serve and the South African held twice, finishing it off with a forehand winner down the line to lead two sets to one.

The fourth set was tightly contested again and went into another tiebreak.

Querrey saved a first match point with an ace at 6-5, set up a set point at 7-6, which Anderson staved off by forcing his opponent to slice a backhand into the net.

The second match point was good enough for Anderson, who dominated the rally until Querrey’s forehand sailed long.

The 31-year-old Anderson, seeded 28th, will face Spanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta for a spot in Sunday’s final.

Kevin Anderson opts for US Citizenship over Davis Cup tie

Kevin Anderson opts for U.S. citizenship
Kevin Anderson opts for U.S. citizenship

Kevin Anderson, one of the top South African tennis player confirmed that he would be missing the crucial Davis cup match against Slovenia next a tie which is meant to ensure the SA’s qualification for the World group playoffs in the Euro-Africa Group One.

The South Africa team captian John-Laffnie de Jager revealed that anderson will be missing the tie in pursunace of his U.S. citizenship,Anderson ranked no.28 in the world said he is in the process of obtaining his green card and he cant leave the U.S. without a visa.

Anderson and two other important players for the Davis Cup tie South Africa no. 2 Rik De Voest and Fritz Wolmerans which is a big blow for the South African team as they are the very important players for the team to face Slovenia.

Disappointed team captain John-Laffnie de Jager stated that Anderson could have done his application earlier as he was already aware of the dates for the Davis Cup tie so that the issue of visa would not arise also knowing that he is a crucial member of the team and the it is important that a victory is recorded against Slovenia to qualify for the World Group playoffs for the fourth year in succession.

John-Laffnie de Jager who could not hide his disappointment also citing deliberate evasion wondered if Anderson’s visa would be ready for the ATP clay court season in Europe which will come on after the Davis Cup tie.

His presence would have seemingly given South Africa a clear advantage against Slovenia as he would have easily been the highest-ranked player in either team would also have been a major draw card after winning an ATP tournament in the US this year and establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with on the international circuit,De Jager said.

The team captain is upbeat on victory against Slovenia as other players ready to go and make South africa proud even though he admitted that the absence of Anderson,Wolmerans and De Voest is a setback for the whole team.