'When the MP for Roger Federer came along, my real thought...', says ATP star

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'When the MP for Roger Federer came along, my real thought...', says ATP star

At the resumption of the season after the forced break, Kevin Anderson was an extra in the American bubble and then immediately moved to Europe. After the defeats in the first round of Hamburg and Rome, he restarted the engine at Roland Garros (knocked out in the third round, always with Rublev) and then took away the satisfaction on the Viennese hard court to send Medvedev and Carreno home.

While waiting to understand where he can go to Bercy - Medvedev will be on his way again - Anderson wanted to specify, however, how he does not feel at the end of the race. And he wants to look at next season with interested eyes, despite the unknowns that surround us.

"There is still a lot I want to accomplish in this sport - his words reported by TennisHead - but it must be my knee that gives me this opportunity for the next few years. I felt good in the last few games, this is a good sign “.

Despite having played very little in the past 15 months, the former US Open and Wimbledon finalist (between 2017 and 2018) has never lost sight of his goal of returning to competition. "After the last operation in February, I didn't take it easy - he said - I didn't enjoy life off the pitch.

I immediately resumed training, clearly at a reduced pace in the first phase, then intensifying “. During the lockdown, spent in Florida, she set up a makeshift gym in his garage and allowed himself some (authorized) runs in his neighborhood.

Then, as the weeks went by, he resumed playing on a private court in a friend's home. “I continue to set important goals for myself and I know it will not be easy to get there - he concluded - but the motivations I have are maximum, also to return to doing well in the Grand Slams.

For 2021 I hope to be able to play a full season, I work for that, even if it will clearly depend on my health conditions and how things will go in the world“. In 2018 Wimbledon quarter-finals, Kevin Anderson dethroned Roger Federer to reach his maiden Wimbledon semi-final after sealing a dramatic 13-11 deciding-set victory.

Anderson explained his point-by-point mentality

Kevin Anderson explained his point-by-point mentality when that match point for Roger Federer came about in the 10th game of the third set. The South African said that his only objective at that moment was to not lose that point.

"When the match point (for him) came along, my real thought was saving that point," Anderson reminisced. "Didn't really think too much of it and keep trying my hardest every single point. Slowly I could find a way back into the match. Obviously, I did a very good job of keeping focus and staying relaxed, keeping up the belief in myself."