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.”