Roger Federer was shockingly knocked out of Wimbledon 2018 after losing to Kevin Anderson. The eight time Wimbledon champion lost to South African tennis star Kevin Anderson by 2-6 6-7 (5/7) 7-5 6-4 13-11. After the victory in the close-fought match, Anderson will next play in Friday’s semi-finals against American Tennis player John Isner.
Anderson pulled off the upset thanks to 28 aces and clutch play on break points throughout the match. He also appeared to benefit from the lack of a tiebreaker in the fifth set, as the 36-year-old Federer wore down over the course of the four-hour-plus contest,
Here are some lesser-known facts about Kevin Anderson.
When Kevin was 12 years old, he used to compete against Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal on the juniors circuit. Nadal currently holds the first rank in men's singles.
Kevin Anderson has qualified for the semi-finals of Wimbledon tennis championships for the first time in his career.
Kevin is the only second South African player to enter Wimbledon semi-finals after Kevin Curren, who qualified in 1983.
At present, Kevin Anderson is ranked world number 8 in men’s singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Kevin is the only South African player after veteran tennis star Wayne Ferreira to bag a spot in top 10 rankings in men’s singles.
Kevin is also the top-ranked South African tennis player at present and he achieved this after making to the final of 2008 Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas.
In the year 2016, Kevin co-founded a website titled ‘www.realifetennis.com’, which offers practice and lifestyle tips on professional tennis circuit as well as courses for improving one's tennis game.
Kevin played at the 2018 Maharashtra Open in Pune, India, where he reached the final but lost to Gilles Simon by 6-7, 7-4, 2-6.
Kevin married his college girlfriend Kelsey O'Neal, who is a golfer. Kevin is a permanent resident of USA and lives in his home in Delray Beach, Florida.
Kevin also plays guitar and is a fan of British rock band Dire Straits.