Cape Town - South Africa’s Kevin Anderson has achieved a
pre-season goal by reaching the world’s top ten.
The new ATP rankings release late on Sunday puts Anderson
two places higher than his previous career high No 12 ranking at No 10.
This achievement was after a stellar season which saw
Anderson win the ATP Winston-Salem Open, reach the finals of the Memphis and
Aegon Championships (Queens) and reach a further two ATP semi-final berths.
Anderson became the top-ranked male South African player on March
10, 2008 after making the final at the 2008 Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas.
He first achieved his career-high ranking of World No 12 on September 14 this
Anderson has said that the top 10 in the world rankings felt
within his grasp after reaching the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament
for the first time.
Anderson recorded a surprise four-set victory over Andy
Murray to reach the last eight at the US Open, and the South African has
admitted that he gave himself the chance to achieve what he calls "a
The 29-year-old said: "Top 10 has been a lifelong dream
for me. I felt after the US Open l was getting closer - even top five, I think
that's ultimately where I want to be.
"So we try to structure and think that way. Obviously
it was a lot of tennis and a lot of wins to get there, but I feel like I've
definitely been on a good run and gave myself the best opportunity to get
Anderson concluded my saying that it had been a long journey
but the hard work paid off.