Kevin Anderson, fresh off Wimbledon loss, out for Freedoms opener

Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson

Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson

As a result of making it to this year's Wimbledon final‚ Anderson has climbed to a career high ranking of No 5 and has set his sights on improving that position in future. He always spoke about believing in yourself more than anything.

After the monumental drama provided by both men's semi-finals, the two longest in Wimbledon history, the showpiece proved something of an anti-climax as Djokovic ended a two-year Grand Slam title drought.

"The support I've had throughout has been fantastic, with all the flags flying out here", said the US-based player.

"Going into the match I wasn't feeling awesome physically, but I felt like I was okay in order to give myself a decent chance", he says. "Novak hit a couple of balls, I thought were actually travelling out of the court, which ended up landing right on the line".

While the final match against Djokovic did not go the way Anderson had hoped, it is safe to say the tennis world has begun to embrace the South African as one of the game's best players. After a career-defining tournament and an "incredibly special two weeks", the understated star prefers to focus on the positives. "And if you've won some, you really want to win more".

"Yes‚ I am going to play as a proud South African for the rest of my career‚" he said on Tuesday.

Kevin Anderson with the runner-up trophy.

Anderson's toughness and work ethic finally paid off previous year at the US Open.

Djokovic had not won a Grand Slam title since the 2016 Australian Open before his Wimbledon win.

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