South African Born tennis star Kevin Anderson had an awesome time at the ATP Erste Bank 500 after beating Kei Nishikori in straight sets to clinch a win and lift the Vienna Open trophy to a cheering crowd. The victory marks Anderson’s biggest career win and also resulted in him qualifying to play in the second highest annual men’s tennis tournament called the ATP.
It’s been almost 25 years since a South African has qualified to play in this tournament, Anderson will be the first in so many years to feature in this spectacular season-ending tournament to be hosted in London next month.
Anderson had a remarkable serving set against Kei he scored 6-3, 7-6 (3) to beat him. This year seems to be one that will definitely stand out for Anderson, earlier on in the year he surprised many when the tennis fraternity had ruled him out in the Wimbledon quarter-final match against superstar Roger Federer, but with his back against the wall the South African splendidly overcame every obstacle pinned against him coming from two sets behind, beating Federer.
Now with this win on Sunday, Anderson is guaranteed to finish the year in the top 10, which will also be a first for the South African star. Nishikori was also on a mission to win his first championship since February 2016, but with the amazing performance that Anderson displayed on court, averaging at 90 percent on his service points, there is no doubt the that the Japanese struggled to keep up with the sets.
It’s safe to say that if Anderson continues with that strike rate and his forehand proves to be equally potent, he is expected to thrive in London. Anderson will join Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro and Alexander Zverev in qualifying for the ATP finals.