Kevin Anderson has been driving for this win since the start of the SA Tennis Open, never letting up in his attack on his opponents – and it paid off.
A RAIN delay in the final of the SA Tennis Open at Montecasino proved to be no obstacle to Kevin Anderson in his pursuit of the cup and the $442 500 (nearly R3,2-million) pay cheque.
Kevin Anderson is the winner of the SA TEnnis Open 2011Kevin Anderson is the winner of the SA TEnnis Open 2011 (Photo: Reg Caldecott)He faced India’s Somdev Devvarman, who refused to give up without a fight. Anderson came back from a disappointing first set loss to dominate the rest of the match, making the most of his hometown advantage. He finished off Devvarman 4-6 6-3 6-2.
The win has catapulted Anderson to an all-time career high in the rankings, moving up 16 places from 56 to 40. Devvarman’s impressive performance throughout the tournament also earned him a jump up the charts, landing him at 80.
In the doubles segment, James Cerretani from the USA and Adil Shamasdin from Canada stood firm to take the trophy. They defeated the American duo Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram 6-3 3-6 10-7.
The players maintained their form throughout the weekend’s proceedings, shaking off their opponents at every turn. Devvarman was responsible for sending home the remaining South African players, wild cards Rik de Voest and Izak van der Merwe, in the quarter- and semifinals respectively. He defeated De Voest 3-6 7-6(5)6-1 and swept through Van der Merwe’s defence 6-2 6-4.
Anderson took on Slovakian Karol Beck in Friday’s quarterfinals and made easy work of the game, finishing 6-3 6-1. In Saturday’s semifinals, he tussled with Adrian Mannarino from France, coming back from a tie-break loss in the first set to overwhelm the Frenchman 6-7(3) 6-0 6-4.
Cerretani and Shamasdin did not waver in their trajectory towards the top, defeating Beck and partner Israeli Dudi Sela in an exciting semifinal on Saturday. They walked away from the encounter 7-6(4) 6-4, and carried this confidence through to the final, where they once again emerged victorious.
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