It’s been a long time coming but South Africa’s Kevin Anderson won his first ATP World Tour tennis title, on home soil, when he won the SA Open at Montecasino in Johannesburg on Sunday.
Anderson lost the first set 4-6 but bounced back to beat unseeded Somdev Devvarman of India 4-6 6-3 6-2 in a rain-affected final.
As the top seeds fell by the wayside during the tournament, fourth-seeded Anderson was the highest ranked player by the time the tournament reached the semi-final stage. Anderson is ranked 59th on the ATP Tour rankings, 51st places higher than Devvarman and this victory is sure to see him move up the rankings.
The last time a South African won an ATP singles title was when Wesley Moodie won the Japan Open.
On the last occasion Anderson played Devvarman he won in straight sets at last year’s US Open.
After losing that first set, Anderson struck back quickly in the second, taking it in just 27 minutes.
In the final set, Devvarman had a chance to get back on service break but lost a 40-0 lead and that was all Anderson needed to go 4-0 up and lay his hands on the title trophy.