Kevin Anderson’s first appearance in a Grand Slam final ended Sunday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 loss to Rafael Nada.
“I definitely felt I was playing good enough tennis to give myself a chance tonight.It didn’t work out that way, up against a very tough opponent.”
Anderson was in trouble in many service games starting early in the match where he could only manage10 aces which was about half what he averaged in his previous six.“It was definitely difficult and I think he had a pretty good read on my serve, and he was getting my serve games and he was holding quite comfortably.”
Anderson, 31-year-old, seems to be heeded in the right direction where he has been successful this summer including another finals appearance in Washington.His ranking had tumbled in January following a difficult start due to hip injury that forced him to miss the Australian Open.
Anderson was hurt again in June, forced to retire from his fourth-round match at the French Open against Marin Cilic with another leg injury that slowed his Wimbledon preparation.
“It’s great to sit back at the end of the week and see the jump that I have made and the spots I have been able to climb, something I can be very proud of,”he said.
Kriek, like Anderson, now lives in Palm Beach, Florida, and worked hard to get to New York in hopes of seeing another South African title. He drove Saturday morning along with thousands of people evacuating ahead of Hurricane Irma _ and eventually all the way to Nashville to book a flight. “I think this is a learning experience for Kevin.I think he’s been out there for a long time, but tennis has changed dramatically. … You can play well into your 30s.”