Kevin Anderson was the hero of the day for South Africa by saving a match point against Benoit Paire and eliminating France from the ATP Cup. He won 2-6 7-6(1) 7-6(5) in one of the most spectacular matches so far. Anderson had a 63% effectiveness in the first service, committed 5 double faults and managed to win 63% of the points to serve.
South Africa also needed to win 3-0 to advance, but Gilles Simon beat Lloyd Harris 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 to start the tie in Brisbane. “It's a terrific event. I'm really happy to have been able to represent South Africa here.
I've looked forward to the event for a couple years now. I think there was such good crowd engagement. Every match we played really had a lot of support,” Anderson said at the end of the match. “Benoit was in a very good position, serving for it twice.
And in that position you just try to take one point at a time, and I got a little bit lucky. He gave me a few points, which, obviously, I'm sure was tough on his side. But I made a couple good returns and once I did get that break back I felt I played a good, very good end of the second set and finished the third set strong as well,” Anderson added.“It was a bit of a roller coaster.
I think both of us will feel that we could have done a few things better, but I'm very pleased to get the win in the end”.