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I will play as a proud South African, Kevin Anderson says

2018 Wimbledon finalist, Kevin Anderson has stated his desire to continue playing as a South African for the rest of the career.

The 32-year-old, who was born in Johannesburg and is married to American Kelsey O’Neal, has spent most of his adult life and professional career in the US. Notwithstanding, he’s committed to representing South Africa for life.

“I am going to play as a proud South African for the rest of my career‚” he told Jacaranda FM.

Anderson had a sensational run at SW19. His performance against Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, where he came back from two sets and a match point down to stun the great Swiss will linger for a long, long time; his six-and-a-half-hour semi-final against John Isner will go down in history.

As a result of his incredible run, the big-server has broken into the top 5 for the first time in his career and is looking forward to going higher.

“It really means a lot,” Anderson said. “Seeing that I made top five, I’m incredibly proud of that achievement, especially if I look back where I was just 15 months ago, around 80. It’s really something I can be very proud of.”

“Now it’s an opportunity to realign my goals and I believe that if I continue the way I am going at the moment there is no reason why I should not get my ranking even higher.”

Anderson has now made it to two Grand Slam finals, but lost both – the 2017 US Open final to Rafael Nadal and Sunday’s final to Novak Djokovic. He is, however, optimistic of posting a better performance next time out.

“I got to the final but unfortunately lost and I hope that I will be back next time and play a better match.”

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