Is this the strongest Kevin Anderson ever seen?- View: 1077 by GALE MOORMAN
"So used to seeing the same guys being there, they have had such unbelievable consistency...it allowed or gave some of the guys an opportunity to go deep into the tournament", says Kevin Anderson the 28th seed ATP guy on getting his chance to stand even taller among his tennis comrades and see what he can do...now that other top rankers are absent.
Kevin Anderson has got to be shaking his head in disbelief that for the first time being on tour he has finally landed into the semifinals, a place that may feel strange, but great and well deserved. He only had thought of himself elevating his status, two years ago when he was at the U.S.
Open in the quarterfinals. Anderson's only goal was to do better by going further at ech tournament and he accomplished that at the quarterfinals whe he broke down his opponent, Sam Querrey's game to get his game zipped up to a higher level.
But Sam Querrey was quite an opponent to have out of the draw. Querrey's year is an ATP storybook when this season he was able to dismantle Rafael Nadal's game to shine over 'The King of Clay' winning 6-3, 7-7 at the Mexican Open.
He also won a title at the Abierto Mexicano de Tennis by overpowering the NextGen Thanasi Kokkinakis in three sets. But Anderson shakes that all off because he's his own man, standing in his own 6'8" shadow and knew he had nothing to lose by just going for his shots as best he could.
This season so far was very up and down with some tournaments he bowing out at the second and third rounds and yet others as the Estoril Open in Portugal where he went to the semis and the Citi Open plogging into the finals with the other NextGen guy Alexander Zverev to lose in two straight sets.
Anderson is unpredictable and that's what is making him so much of a threat to his other comrades. With Querrey he was an underdog trailing 2-5 in the first set tiebreaker but as quick as a snap of a finger, Anderson zipped through five points; and then it was a fourth set that Querrey was feeling self-assured had a set point at 7-6, but unbelievably Anderson saved it and drive through a nine-shot rally to come out looking good.
Kevin Anderson won over Querrey at 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 and was determined to keep his game face on and his racquet 'on point' to continue his winning run. He knows nothing but the best has to be shown when he faces the 12th seeded Pablo Carreno Busta in the semifinal but the better man will win and Anderson hopes he can come out shining tall in this round too.