Anderson Incredibly Proud, Looks To Future
Wimbledon finalist to break into the world's Top 5 for the first time
Kevin Anderson was left disappointed on Sunday, but was also immensely proud for reaching his second Grand Slam championship final. The 32-year-old lost to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, but remained positive about the future with the news that he will now rise to a career-high No. 5 in the ATP Rankings.
“I definitely believe I have the game to win these tournaments,” said Anderson. “If you asked a lot of players [about] their dreams, it's to win Grand Slams, win [ATP World Tour] Masters [1000s]… Even though it was a huge goal of mine, if you asked me this time a year ago, I don't think I could sit here and say I really believed that I could win a Grand Slam and a Masters  and say it with the same self-belief and confidence that I can now.”
“Obviously, that's by no means a sure thing whatsoever, but it's a big starting point. It's taken a long time to get to this point. I feel like I'm on a great path. I'm trusting the process a lot. I have to continue doing that. If I'm not in another Grand Slam final, it's because maybe I just got unlucky. You can't control everything. What I can control, I'm doing my best at doing. I have a lot of belief I can put myself into another one of these matches, and hopefully have the result that I'm looking for.”
Anderson, with a 29-10 record on the season, has put himself into contention for a first-time spot at the Nitto ATP Finals, the elite eight-player season finale at The O2 in London from 11-12 November. It’s a remarkable turnaround for the South African, who has overcome a number of injuries in recent years.
Having broken into the Top 10 for the first time (at No. 12) on 12 October 2015, left knee, right shoulder, hip, left thigh and ankle injuries kept him off the court. Dropping to No. 80 (16 January 2017), one of the circuit’s hardest workers reapplied himself to reach the 2017 US Open final (l. to Nadal) and returned to the Top 10 in February this year, shortly after lifting his fourth ATP World Tour crown at the inaugural New York Open (d. Querrey). He will break new ground tomorrow when the new ATP Rankings are published.
“It was about two-and-a-half years ago, just in the team and in the chat on WhatsApp called ‘Top-five Kev’. That was the goal. I got to [the] Top 10 that year [and] things were looking good, then obviously I had a major setback and injuries in 2016.
“So seeing that I made Top 5, I'm incredibly proud of that achievement, especially if I look back where I was just 15 months ago, around 80. It's really something I can be very proud of.
“Even though today is not the result I was looking for, I think in the next few days, just seeing my new career-high [ATP] ranking is going to mean a lot to me. I think looking back at some of the matches I've played here, especially my quarter-final and semi-final match, I think it will really sort of set in what I've accomplished. I can be happy with that and use it for continued motivation moving forward.”