NEW YORK- Kevin Anderson was the top seed won the first New York Open on Sunday, beating No 2 seed Sam Querrey 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/1) for his fourth career ATP Tour title.
The number one South African tennis player has been dealing with falling short in title finals.
He said, “I have been runner-up quite a few times in my career,” Anderson said. “One of the big goals I had for this year was to try to be a bit more successful in that final stage. I fell a little short earlier this year in India and it feels great to come through and get today’s win. So, gives me a lot of confidence for the year.”
He has a surprising run last year by reaching the US open final only to lose by then world number one, Rafael Nadal in straight sets.
Sunday finals comes a welcome relief for Anderson, with his ATP final record now sitting 4-11 with one loss already this year.
Anderson dominated the third set breaker, winning the first six points and leading Querrey to slam his racquet in frustration.
Querrey thoughts on his lost, “I just kind of lost a little bit of momentum,” Querrey said. “He picked his game up, he started making a few more first serves. Feel like he was hitting the ball a little bigger, making a few more. Then I kind of got some momentum back at the end of the second there but it was kind of too little, too late.”
Anderson now moves to ninth in the ATP world rankings, a career high for the South African.
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