Its a moment of pride for South African tennis as the champion at the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna, Kevin Anderson makes his nation once again proud with his tennis skills. The South African received something more than an ATP title in Austria. The skyscraper, Anderson along with his final victory becomes the first man from South Africa in over two decades to seal a berth at the Nitto ATP Finals. Also, his victory over the Japanese, Kei Nishikori ascends his world ranking to number six. “It’s been a huge goal of mine all year to make London,” said Anderson. “I’ve said that right from the beginning, so to finally put my name there, it feels fantastic.”
This year tennis season has been remarkable for the 32-year-old, Anderson. For the first time ever in his career, the resident of Florida will be finishing the year with a top ten ATP ranking. Anderson made it to finals at this year’s Wimbledon after battling two prolonged epic matches at SW19. In addition to that, this year he has been the finalist at five ATP events. And he landed up winning two of them one in New York and the other in Vienna.
Anderson signs up a place in the elite eight-man 2018 event happening in London in November. The eight men will be battling against each other at the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world. The tennis aces Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro, Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev are on the list of elite eight-man. The remaining two vacant places will be decided by the outcomes at the Rolex Paris Masters. Rafael Nadal takes the apex position in men’s tennis. However, Nadal’s summit is under a threat as the World Number two Serbian, Novak Djokovic is running on an 18-match winning streak. Djokovic’s flourishing performances at Cincinnati Open, the US Open and Shanghai Masters intimidates Rafa’s mountaintop.