Anderson Looks Forward To Future Confrontations With Nadal

BY GODWIN AIKIGBE
Kevin Anderson is happy playing Rafael Nadal in his first Grand Slam final at US Open and looks forward to future face-offs with the Spaniard.
The South African
To step on Arthur Ashe with @RafaelNadal for my first Slam final was an honour. I look forward to sharing the court with you again soon ??
The big-serving South African fell to the top-ranked Nadal 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 Sunday at Arthur Ashe Stadium, never managing a break-point chance in falling to 0-5 lifetime versus the 16-time Slam winner.
“It’s been an incredible 2 weeks. This is a memory I will never forget & I look forward to making more! Thanks @usopen… see you next year ??,” tweeted the 31-year-old who was the oldest first-time Slam finalist since 33-year-old Niki Pilic at the 1973 French Open.
He added: “I’d love to build on these two weeks. It was very difficult, but I was able to find my way all the way into the finals. I’ll work very hard to hopefully give myself another opportunity.
“It’s a bit of both. It’s a tough loss, but it was obviously a great experience. A lot of talk about enjoying the experience and stuff. It was very tough, but definitely a part of that were a few moments that were pretty special.
“There were a few lessons I learned from him. When I reflect back in the next little while, I think a lot of the good memories will definitely surface.
“Tennis is very mental and I have definitely proved to myself it’s something I can rely on. I’ve always been a tough competitor. I’ve always fought. This is just adding an element, something I will definitely be continuing with.
“The target of getting back to 10 is something I set myself a little while ago. Got off to a bit of a tough start beginning of the year, but especially this summer I’ve really put myself in a good position.
“When I’m taking care of the stuff I need to, the ranking will take care of itself. It’s great to see the jump I’ve made and the spots I have been able to climb, something I can be very proud of.”