South African tennis ace Kevin Anderson used the middle Sunday of Wimbledon to prepare well for his much-anticipated fourth round clash with defending champion Andy Murray on Monday. Anderson, seeded 20 at this year’s Championships upset 16th seed Fabio Fognini of Italy of Friday to earn his spot in the last sixteen of the third Major of 2014. The South African impressed as he came from two sets to one down to beat the fancied Italian, 4-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 in round three.
Neville Godwin, Anderson’s coach said that his charge had “done a great job so far in London”. “Physically and mentally Kevin is ready for a tough challenge. We have planned to do a light on court training session today (Sunday) close to Monday’s match time and then just relax and make sure Kevin is best prepared and ready for Andy Murray,” said Godwin on the eve of the clash. “This is a great opportunity for Kevin and it is encouraging to see that Kevin is putting himself in these positions more which is so positive” continued Godwin.
Anderson will play Murray in the second match on Centre Court on Monday. The two have met on two previous occasions. At the 2010 Australian Open the Scot triumphed 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 but in 2011 in Montreal the South African won 6-3, 6-1. Anderson is bidding to reach the quarter-finals at a Major for the first time in 22 appearances.
The has reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon for the first time in six outings and has also reached the fourth round for the fifth time in the past seven Slams. The 28-year old is aiming to become the first South African man to reach the quarter-finals at the All England Club since Wayne Ferreira in 1994. Ferreira was also the last South African man to reach the Last 16 in London back in 2000.
Kevin Curren holds the record for the best performance by a South African man at Wimbledon, reaching the semi-finals in 1983. Curren later finished as Wimbledon runner-up representing the USA in 1985.