Australian Open

Sleep deprived - and sore - Anderson goes out in 5 sets

2020-01-27 09:30
Kevin Anderson (Getty Images)
Kevin Anderson (Getty Images)

Melbourne - South Africa's Kevin Anderson gave his all, but literally ran out of steam as he lost his second round match in Melbourne at the Australian Open on Thursday in five sets to American Taylor Fritz 4-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-2.

Despite the defeat, Anderson was heartened with how the first half of the match went.

”Really pleased with how it went for the first two, three sets, unfortunately I couldn’t get it done in the end.”

Anderson disclosed how, after the end of the third set tie-break, he really struggled to perform to his usual high standard.

”During the last two sets I was physically exhausted and out of it. I can’t think of a time in my career when I felt like that.”

However, it certainly wasn't a case of Anderson throwing in the towel when he felt he was physically fading.

”Kept pushing myself to find that energy but I couldn’t do that.”

Anderson described how tough it was for him to back up after his 4-hour plus match in Round 1 that ended in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

”Late finish the other night, barely sleeping, and I was incredibly stiff and sore.”

Anderson felt that his preparation leading up to the Australian Open was ideal.

”The ATP Cup was a fantastic warm up, with three guaranteed matches.”

Anderson remains the committed patriot after his ATP Cup experiences.

”It was a great opportunity to represent South Africa in that capacity.”

Anderson’s desire to help and promote the future of South African tennis continues next week with an exhibition match with compatriot Lloyd Harris in Soweto.

Anderson has made himself available to Harris should he require support of any kind.

”Anytime Lloyd wants advice from my experiences I am more than happy to share them.”

Anderson, who was ranked as high as fifth at last year's Australian Open, endured a torrid second half of last year where injuries curtailed his tournament play. As a result, Anderson's ranking plummeted to its current 120th spot.

Welcome back to the tour 'Big Kev'. Tennis fans, especially South African ones, have missed you!

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Vote

When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

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