7 February 2011
A rain delay in the final of the SA Tennis Open at Montecasino in Johannesburg proved to be no obstacle to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in his pursuit of the cup and the US$442 500 (nearly R3.2-million) pay cheque.
Anderson faced India’s Somdev Devvarman, who refused to give up without a fight. Anderson came back from a disappointing first set loss to dominate the rest of the match, making the most of his hometown advantage to finish off Devvarman 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The win has catapulted Anderson to an all-time career high in the world rankings, moving him up 16 places from 56 to 40. Devvarman’s impressive performance throughout the tournament also earned him a jump up the charts, landing him at 80.
Devvarman was responsible for ousting the remaining South African players, wild cards Rik de Voest and Izak van der Merwe, in the quarter- and semifinals respectively. He defeated De Voest 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-1 and swept through Van der Merwe’s defence 6-2, 6-4.
Anderson took on Slovakian Karol Beck in Friday’s quarterfinals and made easy work of the game, finishing 6-3, 6-1. In Saturday’s semifinals, he tussled with Adrian Mannarino from France, coming back from a tie-break loss in the first set to overwhelm the Frenchman 6-7(3), 6-0, 6-4.
In the doubles segment of the tournament, James Cerretani from the USA and Adil Shamasdin from Canada stood firm to take the trophy. They defeated the American duo of Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.
Source: City of Johannesburg