Kicking off the season ranked 6th, a two-time Major finalist Kevin Anderson claimed the title in Pune for the best possible start of what seemed to be another rock-solid season for the South African. Instead of that, Kevin struggled with all kinds of injuries throughout the season, playing only 15 matches in total and dropping out from the top-90 for the first time since July 2010.
Kevin had to undergo knee surgery in September, skipping all the tournaments after Wimbledon and working hard to make a strong comeback in 2020 and get back where he belongs, also to represent his country at the ATP Cup. At the end of 2018, the South African secured the spot at the first ATP Finals at the age of 32, beating Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem to reach the semi-final where he lost to Novak Djokovic, ending the season on a high note and hoping for more of the same in 2019.
Nonetheless, things had not been that bright for the South African this year, struggling with right knee and right elbow injuries and playing only five tournaments by Wimbledon. At the beginning of the season, the six-time ATP champion took down Ivo Karlovic to win the title in Pune in what had been the tallest ATP final in the Open era, losing early at the Australian Open and skipping all the action until Miami where he won just four games against Roger Federer in the quarter-final.
Staying away from the entire clay season to rest that troubled elbow, Kevin returned at Queen's and lost in the second round, heading to Wimbledon with no form or momentum and hitting the exit door in the third round when Guido Pella toppled him in straight sets, never playing another match in what had been a season to forget.