Anderson wins SA Open

2011-02-06 19:49

Johannesburg - A dream came true for 2.3m South African tennis 'skyscraper' Kevin Anderson on Sunday when he won his first ATP World Tour title in his home town.

Anderson overcame a nervous start and a first-set loss to wear down dogged Indian counter-attacker Somdev Devvarman 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a rain-interrupted South African Open final at Montecasino entertainment centre.

Success for the number one South African ended a long wait by the country for an ATP triumph with the last coming in Tokyo six years ago when Wesley Moodie lifted the Japan Open title despite having to pre-qualify.

Although Devvarman had made a habit of defeating South Africans at Davis Cup and tournament level, he fell to Anderson in straight sets when they last met at the 2010 US Open.

The Indian eliminated locals Raven Klaasen, Rik de Voest and Izak van der Merwe on his four-victory path to the final against Anderson, who at 59 is 51 places higher on the world rankings.

But that counted for nought early on as Devvarman attacked the potent Anderson service and broke it in the third game before rain fell and play was suspended for more than an hour.

Anderson broke back in the sixth game only for hyper-aggressive Devvarman to immediately do likewise and he went on to take the first set on the second set point.

The South African was much more foreful in the second set which he won in 27 minutes with an improved second service a key factor although many of the games were fiercely contested with the only break coming in the sixth.

As the duel moved into the third and final set, the near-capacity crowd were enthralled by the best match of the week-long tournament with little to choose between the combatants.

Anderson was showing he had much more in his arsenal that a jet-propelled service 1800 metres above sea level while Devvarman produced a greater number of aces than anticipated.

After failing to hold serve in the fifth game, Devvarrman squandered a great chance to bounce straight back as he surrendered a 40-0 lead and allowed his rival to move 4-2 ahead and on his way to success.


  • Jean-Paul - 2011-02-06 20:10

    He needs to play hard from the start , he has dropped the first set in a few games during the tournament. Well done, Sa Tennis back on the map .

  • Dale - 2011-02-06 20:53

    Horrible looking trophy..

      Vonnies2 - 2011-02-06 21:50

      I agree - it is awful, surely it could have been made more attractive, with a little bit of Gold or something....................Typical!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mupet-killer - 2011-02-06 20:54

    the 2 things sa are missing are a top top world tennis star and an f1 star. could the amazing kevin be our tennis answer? go sa ! very proud

  • baika - 2011-02-06 22:39

    Horrible looking venue

      Marcel Kruger - 2011-02-06 22:48

      did you go watch ?

  • sober2media - 2011-02-06 23:23

    Should be 2,03m. Common, your a journalist - get your facts straight (....or fingers?). Really, 2.3m? Don't you read your own stuff before you publish it?

      tommo - 2011-02-07 08:03

      Thanks for clarifying.. I thought to myself, he's the tallest man in the world then!?? Haha....

      hanzrauch - 2011-02-07 12:07

      When you correct a journalist with your own bad grammar, it looks a little like YOUR the moron. But I agree, quite a bad mistake by the journo!

      Dale - 2011-02-08 09:11

      @ hanzrauch. It would be "YOU ARE" or "YOU'RE" ..haha

  • - 2011-02-07 02:03

    We just had a South African win an ATP title and all you people can talk about is how bad the trophy and the venue was...thats the way!! Awesome, positive South Africans at it again. Well done Kevin!!

      Valerie - 2011-02-07 14:14

      as a proudly South african sport spectator I agree with you. Why is it that as South Africans we have to down grade everything. Kevin too will read these comments. We should be shouting his name from the rooftops and let him see how much we believe in him and his future. This is his first win and and may there be many more for him and his country. Rather write to the sponsors about your thoughts

      baika - 2011-02-07 18:20

      So , what do you suggest? Ignoring the truth? I also say well done Kevin, but it is a fact that the venue look like a place in the ghetto - 2011-02-07 18:51

      Dude, you thinking the place looked like a ghetto is completely subjective. How can you call that a fact? Either way, this article has nothing to do with the venue...but keep up the pessimism bud, you doing a great job.

      baika - 2011-02-08 17:28

      With arguments like yours i am convinced that you are a school kid. Where the heck do you find pessimism in what i say?. Maybe you were thinking about criticism?. Anyway , i am not you "bud". Enough said . This matter is now closed - 2011-02-09 21:38

      Sweet we'll call it negativity then doos. Keep up the negativity bud.

      sucki3 - 2011-02-10 15:16


  • lucinda gibbs - 2011-02-07 20:25

    well done kevin!! finally we have some new hope for sa tennis!! who cares about the trophy!!!

  • Jim - 2011-02-08 13:01

    Name sounds very English.Go to England young man.

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