Cape Town - South African
Kevin Anderson will achieve his best-ever world ranking of 12th and move
tantalisingly closer to an exclusive top 10 position when the ATP releases its
latest rankings on Monday.
entered the US Open at a career-high 14th world ranking and
his pending improvement is the result of reaching his first-ever grand slam
quarter-final at Flushing Meadows after stunning third-seeded Andy Murray in
the fourth round.
The glory ride of the 29-year-old Anderson was
summarily halted in the 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 quarter-final defeat against Switzerland's
fifth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka - thereby preventing the Johannesburg-born big-server from equalling the feat last achieved by a South African of reaching a
grand slam semi-final when Wayne Ferreira made it to the last four in the
Australian Open in 2002.
But in joining
the select band of South Africans who have reached a grand slam quarter-final
after seven near-misses while losing at
the last 16 stage, Anderson will most certainly look on his achievement in the
US Open as a notable milestone in his career.
Should Anderson ultimately break the elusive barrier into
the world's top 10 he will join other South Africans Eric Sturgess and Cliff
Drysdale, who both made it to fourth position in the world; Wimbledon finalist
Kevin Curren, who reached a career-high fifth position; Wayne Ferreira, who
made it to sixth place and Johan Kriek, the only South African to win a grand
slam singles title when he was successful on two occasions at the Australian
Open, whose best ranking was eighth.