South Africa’s Kevin Anderson will seek to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon for the time in his career when he takes on defending champion, Roger Federer.
Putting records into perspective, the odds are heavily stacked against the seventh-seeded South African. He’s 0-4 against the great Swiss in career meetings, with the most recent match being at the Cincinnati Masters in 2015. Not once in those four matches did Anderson take a set off Federer.
Here at SW19, Federer is the red-hot favourite for the title. He’s chasing his ninth Wimbledon crown and 21st Grand Slam title. He hasn’t dropped a set. He is, in fact, on a 32 set winning streak at The Championships, but the top seed hasn’t really been troubled – he’s played only one seeded player, Adrian Mannarino, who’s seeded 22nd, in the fourth round.
And Kevin Anderson, who became the first South African man to reach the last eight since Wayne Ferreira in 1994, says he’s going to take the game to Federer.
Trouble, is brewing!
“I feel like a lot of aspects of my game can give him a lot of trouble,” Anderson, 32, said.
Anderson has one of the biggest serves in the game and he’s going to deploy them, and while at it, try to play without any pressure.
“I’m a big player, big serve. I’m going to have to really take it to him.
“Also at the same time try to treat it like another tennis match. Only my second time out on Centre Court. He’s played there a few more times than that.
“The more I can just treat it like another tennis match, the better for me.”
The 2017 US Open finalist has sent down 96 aces in four rounds and dropped serve just six times. He is also fourth on the fastest serve chart with a top speed of 225.3km/h.
Anderson is on the back of a thrilling four-set victory over Gael Monfils, a player he had failed to beat in five attempts. Aside the barrage of heavy serves in that match, Anderson had the will and mental strength to pull through.
In truth, it will take more than just a sizzling service game to topple Federer, but you aren’t entirely ruling out an upset, are you?