“Kind Enough to Give Me a Wild Card”: Kevin Anderson Reaches First ATP Final Since 2019 in Newport, USA

Published 07/18/2021, 5:18 AM EDT
Kevin Anderson celebrates winning his quarter final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Lisi Niesner


Kevin Anderson has defied all barriers of age, as he advances to the final of the Hall Of Fame Open in Newport. The South African player reached his first final in an ATP tournament, since reaching one in Pune in 2019. The 35-year-old made a stunning comeback to beat Alexander Bublik after losing the first set.

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When he faces Jenson Brooksby in the final today, Anderson will have the opportunity to win his first title since 2019.

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Anderson aiming for first grass court title

Kevin Anderson will be aiming for his seventh ATP title and his maiden title on grass court. He did not have a great run at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, as he crashed out in just the second round; he lost 3-6, 3-6, 3-6 to eventual winner, Novak Djokovic.

After Wimbledon I saw that I wasn’t going to be in the main draw [of the US Open], so I emailed the tournament [in Newport] and they were kind enough to give me a wild card.

“I knew I had to make the semis in order to reach the main draw, that was the first step. Now I hope that tomorrow I can go one step further,” said Anderson about his chances for the US Open.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Erste Bank Open – Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria – October 31, 2020 South Africa’s Kevin Anderson walks off court after losing his semi final match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

Kevin Anderson makes a stunning comeback to reach the final

In Kevin Anderson and Alexander Bublik’s first face-off in their competitive careers, the former was on the brink of elimination. However, he saved a few match points to win the second set 7-6.

Anderson hit 20 aces during the course of the match, as the players battled it out for two hours and 43 minutes. The South African’s overall game improved during the third set and he won more service points. He saved 57% of his break points, giving Bublik close to no chance to snatch the game away from him.

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It’s the biggest match of the week, and I’ve worked a long time to be back in a final. It’s been quite some time for me [since my last final], so it means a lot. I am going to enjoy this win, and I hope to be ready for tomorrow,” said Anderson in his post-match interview.

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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