- Reaching the final of the US Open last year unlocked something in big-serving
South African Kevin
It was a run that proved that he
belonged at this level and that he could mix it up with the biggest names on
That is the view of world number
one Roger Federer,
who has won just about everything there is to win.
Federer continued that trend on
Tuesday night in Monaco with two more Laureus World Sports Awards to add
to the trophy cabinet.
Federer won in the Comeback of
the Year and Sportsman of the Year categories to take his total Laureus tally
It is an achievement that is unrivalled,
and Federer is set to continue for as long as his body allows him to.
When asked about Anderson's year
last year, Federer was full of praise for the current world number eight.
"I think the US Open might
have unlocked a lot of things for Kevin in his head and in his game that maybe
before he wasn’t sure he could achieve," Federer, whose mother was born in
South Africa, said.
"I was very happy for him.
"That was a great win and
comeback for him having been not so well, I believe."
Federer added that he has always
been impressed by Anderson's approach to the game.
"I think he is a great
player," he said.
"I like his fighting
"He is going to go out
swinging and trying his absolute best, and then good things can happen,
*Lloyd Burnard is in Monaco
as a guest of Laureus ...