South Africa’s Kevin Anderson carried a continent’s expectations of winning a major tennis tournament however bombed as he lost to Spain’s Rafael Nadal.
The 31-year-old is, in any case, bent on going above and beyond next time. He lost to the Spaniard in three straight sets amid the U.S. Open which is the last Grand Slam tournament of the season.
“I know we’re the same age but I feel like I’ve been watching you my whole life. You’re one of the toughest competitors in the game and one of the greatest ambassadors of our sport.
This isn’t the result I always wanted but I’ll keep fighting and I’ll be back.
“This isn’t the result I always wanted but I’ll keep fighting and I’ll be back,” Anderson said after the end of the game.
— Kevin Anderson (@KAndersonATP) September 11, 2017
The only African to have won a Grand Slam is Johan Kriek of South Africa who won the Australian open twice in 1981 and 1982. He also made the semi-finals of the US and French Open in 1980 and 1986 respectively.