South African tennis player Kevin Anderson (29) powered through to his first Grand Slam quarter final on Monday night…knocking Britain’s Andy Murray (28) out of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.
It was a brilliant match, the longest in the tournament so far (four hours and 18 minutes), ending with – as tennis veteran John McEnroe described it – “one of the greatest tie-breakers you’ll ever see.”
After the match – just a couple of hours ago – Kevin tweeted: “Incredible experience tonight at @Usopen, a match I will never forget. Thanks to all the amazing fans! On to quarters…”
Kevin, the number 15 seed, beat the world’s number three player in four sets: 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6.
This is the first time in Kevin’s career that he has secured a spot in the quarters of a Grand Slam, after seven failed attempts (whilst it is the first time in five years that Murray has been knocked out before the quarters!).
Speaking courtside, Kevin told reporters: “I just managed to keep my composure throughout and probably played one of the best matches of my life…He was right in it, such a fighter, such an amazing player. I obviously served very well…Beating someone like Andy feels so amazing. Now I’m going to have to do it again.” Watch video below.
The South African, described as a “giant” this morning by many international media outlets, served 25 aces during last night’s match.
Kevin is next up against Swiss player Stanislas “Stan” Wawrinka (30) on Wednesday. The two last met at Queens in London where Kevin knocked the French Open champion out of the Aegon Championships in straight sets (before going on to be beaten by Andy Murray in the Finals).
WATCH VIDEO: Interview with Kevin Anderson after US Open match against Andy Murray
— Piers Newbery (@piersnewbery) September 6, 2015