Melbourne - South Africa's No 1 player, Kevin Anderson, lost an intense
and seesawing first round match at the opening grand slam of the 2018
season on Monday.
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Britain's Kyle Edmund proved too
strong for Anderson over 5-sets, winning 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Anderson felt he was in for a
tough match when the draw was released.
"Kyle's a great competitor and his
form is very dangerous."
Anderson felt that he competed
throughout the match, but admitted that Edmund "hit the ball very well and
made very few errors in very tricky conditions."
The match could have gone
either way with not much separating the two players in terms of total points
won (Edmund won 155 points to Anderson's 154).
It was particularly disappointing for Anderson after missing last year's tournament.
"It was bitterly disappointing
to lose today as I had high expectations and hopes coming into this tournament.
I was very excited to be here."
Although Anderson has not
started the year as he would have liked, he's determined to improve.
"It's a case of keeping my
head up, learning from it and coming back stronger."
Even more so that it was his first big tournament after his runner-up showing in last year's US Open.
"I came here to have a
very big tournament and not just win a few rounds."
"It's even more
disappointing after my success at last year's US Open."
However, Anderson will be back as he
loves the event.
"I really enjoy playing in Australia and I think it's a
There is one member of his team
that will be chuffed that they will be seeing him sooner than later - his beloved dog Lady Kady.
At the very least her unconditional love will soften the blow of losing.