World number 14 and US Open finalist Kevin Anderson announced he will no longer work with the fellow South African Neville Godwin, looking for the new coaching staff for 2018 season. Their collaboration started in 2014 when Kevin was just outside the Top 20 and Neville managed to improve his game and make a regular Top 20 star out of him. In October 2015 Anderson entered the Top 10, which was a huge success for him, and he played in 7 ATP finals under Godwin's guidance, winning the title in Winston-Salem and earning the place in the final of Queen's and US Open.
Kevin contacted Neville in December 2013 and they started to work together at Delray Beach next February when he immediately reached the final. Godwin wanted to improve Kevin's movement, volley placement, the first stroke after serve and the usage of his attacking potentials in the best possible way, and he did a fine job, turning the South African to one of the most aggressive and dangerous players on the Tour, with an improved backhand as well, for the whole package.
In 2015, Kevin scored impressive wins over Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, and Stan Wawrinka, also having 2 sets to love lead against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon before Serb turned the result in his favor. Anderson played in 9 quarter-finals that season, including a great US Open run, and he made a well-deserved debut in Top 10 in the closing stages of the year, which was the best possible reward for both him and Neville.
Kevin couldn't stay on the winning course in 2016, being sidelined with injury and surgery, ending the season with just 17 wins, and it was unclear will he continue to work with Godwin in 2017. He did, and that turned to be the right move, as he regained his old form in the second part of the season, crowning his progress with his first Grand Slam final at the US Open, where he lost to Rafael Nadal in 3 sets.
That took a lot of energy out of him and the remaining tournaments of the season were not that good, notching just 3 wins after New York, which was alarming and forced him to make radical changes. Anderson announced that Neville will not be a part of his team in the next season and here is his statement about that:
After 4 years, my coach Neville Godwin and I have decided to part ways.ALSO READ: ATP Finals - Main draw:Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev lead Becker group
We remain great friends and it was simply a case of both of us looking for fresh challenges. We have hit great heights together, such as a top 10 ranking and a Grand Slam final, and I will be forever greatful. I wish Neville the best of luck and hope he wins ATP coach of the year as it would be much deserved.