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‘Reset’ Anderson prevails in four-set US Open thriller


Anderson is determined to work hard and achieve as much success as he can in the tournament

Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, reacts during his quarter-final match against Sam Querrey, of the United States, at the US Open tennis tournament early yesterday morning (SA time). Picture: AP Photo

Kevin Anderson believes he was able to “reset” his game during the intense second set tie-breaker against local favourite Sam Querrey which eventually helped him prevail in the four-set thriller in the US Open quarter-final on Tuesday.

The 28th seed, who had taken the first set also in a tiebreak, benefited from his opponent’s meltdown to set up a set point at 8-7 after falling 6-1 down, but Querrey saved it and eventually levelled the tie.

“You know, those matches are tough. I feel like I just try to play each point as best as I can,” Anderson, who prevailed 7-6(5) 6-7(9) 6-3 7-6(7), told a news conference.

“I felt in the second set, after being 6-1 down and the next minute it’s 6-All, obviously a very tough point to lose that 6-All point. I don’t want to play too many points like that.

“But I feel like that’s where I was able to really reset. It’s almost tougher, it would have been better off losing that tiebreak almost 7-1 than coming so close to actually being two sets to love up.

“I felt I did a fantastic job resetting. These matches, it just comes to a point here and there. Fortunately, I was able to win a couple more points than him tonight.”

Anderson said that he will work hard to achieve as much success as he can in the tournament.

“I’m going to enjoy the next couple of days and re-focus for my next match. I’m still in this tournament and I want to go one further.”