ATP Tour

Anderson top Ace in Melbourne

2014-02-05 16:01
Kevin Anderson (File)

Johannesburg - Despite bowing out in the fourth round of the men's singles against the Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych, South Africa's 22nd world-ranked Kevin Anderson served most aces at the recent Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

Anderson served 79 aces during his run at the Grand Slam event.

South African-born Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley revealed this in a report on Wednesday on the event that attracted approximately 650 000 spectators and boasted over R3.3 billion in prize money.

The over 2m-tall Anderson played only four matches, while other players progressing further in the tournament competed in five, six, or seven matches.

At the same time, however, this suggested certain limitations in Anderson's repertoire might need to be improved in order to progress further up the world rankings ladder.

Anderson proclaimed his target for 2014 was to reach a world 15th ranking, but his loss to the seventh-ranked Berdych was the 10th successive defeat against the Czech player with a similar crunching serve.

Meanwhile, the Johannesburg-born Tiley has gone from strength to strength since becoming the Australian Open tournament director seven years ago after holding the position of South African Davis Cup captain from 1999 to 2002.

Both Australian Open men's singles finalists Stanislas Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal, proclaimed Tiley after their final as the best tournament director in the world and the Australian Open the best-organised of the four Grand Slam tournaments.

Read more on:    atp tour  |  australian open  |  kevin anderson  |  tennis

Federer marches on in NY

25 minutes ago


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.