Kevin Anderson Wins Opening Match at Wimbledon, Faces Djokovic Next
Kevin Anderson Wins Opening Match at Wimbledon, Faces Djokovic Next. Photo: Twitter / Kevin Anderson

South African sports star Kevin Anderson has won his opening match at Wimbledon… knocking Marcelo Vera, from Chile, out in four sets.

“The big-serving South African recovered from a set down to defeat Vera 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in a clash that lasted over three hours,” said Tennis South Africa.

Kevin’s through to the Second Round, but his next match may be a bit more of a challenge. On Wednesday, the 35-year-old faces the tournament favourite, World Number 1 Novak Djokovic… against whom he lost in the Wimbledon Final in 2018. (Rivals on court, the two are friends off court and just a month later teamed up as doubles partners for a match in Canada, calling themselves Team Djokerson. See below.)

Rivals and Friends, Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson will meet in Wimbledon on Tuesday. Seen here in Canada in 2018 when they were doubles partners. Photo: Twitter / Novak Djokovic

In 2019, Anderson bowed out of Wimbledon early in a shock upset when Argentine Guido Pella beat him in straight sets.

On Monday night Anderson tweeted: “I have so many special memories at @Wimbledon. It’s a pleasure to finally be back here ??”