Former world No. 5 Kevin Anderson has set big goals for the US Open as he is aiming to win his maiden Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows at the age of 35. Anderson, now ranked at No. 75 in the world, made his maiden Grand Slam final at the US Open in 2017, before losing easily in straight sets to Rafael Nadal.
"My goal is to win the tournament. That’s the reason I’m going there,” said Anderson, per IOL. “I know on paper I’m not seeded, but fortunately the belief I have in myself isn’t represented in that.
It’s a challenge, but one that I’m willing to take on”.
Anderson drawing inspiration from Roger Federer
Federer, 40, won the Australian Open in 2017 and Wimbledon in 2018. "There’s only a couple of people older than me in the top-100.
But even Roger [Federer] at my age won a couple of Grand Slams, and [Rafael] Nadal and [Novak] Djokovic are only a couple of years younger than me. “Most of my motivation comes from within, and what I’m capable of achieving and how my body is feeling.
As long as I have an opportunity, this is what I want to do. It’s been very challenging the last few years with injuries, and fortunately recently things have been going better for me”. Anderson has been various injuries over the last few years but he has refused to quit.
"It’s a challenge to put those injuries out of your mind and it’s something you have to come to terms with. All I can do is take care of the things I can control, and know a few unexpected things will happen.
As long as I put in the work to stay healthy and competitive, that gives me confidence. Playing seven matches to win a Grand Slam is not easy, but I’m optimistic," Anderson said.