22 Feb South African Kevin Anderson Books Finals Berth
South African Kevin Anderson is through to the finals of the Delray Beach Open in Florida, USA. The fourth-ranked Anderson beat American qualifier Steve Johnson in straight sets 6-2 6-4.
Anderson, currently ranked #21 in ATP World rankings, will face Croatian Marin Cilic in the finals on Sunday. Cilic beat American John Isner 7-6(5) 6-3 in the other semis.
Both Clilic and Anderson are big servers, so we’re in for a serve-fest for sure. Anderson will be contesting for his second Delray Open title, having won his first one in 2012.
Today’s win was a sweet revenge for the South African, who had lost to Johnson in Auckland earlier this year.
Anderson was all business today, firing 13 aces and closing the match in 76 minutes.
“I think from the first game, getting that break was really key for me. I was really happy with the first four games; I was really capitalizing on his second serves. That set the tone for the match. I was really happy with the way I executed my serve today. I’ve always enjoyed playing here. The surface is one I enjoy playing on. I’ve played some good matches this year. I’m excited for the final tomorrow,” said Anderson.
Johnson admitted he was nervous.
“I was definitely a little uptight out there. It was my first [ATP World Tour] semi-final. I think if I’d won that first game it would have changed the whole course of the match. But credit to him, he played a good game and returned very well today,” said Johnson.