For the South African Kevin Anderson it has been an epic week at Wimbledon 2018 tournament. He alongside Mr. Marathon Tennis John Isner whom he defeated(7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (9/11), 6-4, 26-24) played the longest semi-final match (6 hours and 35 minutes) in the history of Wimbledon.
Kevin Anderson came back from 2 sets down to knock out Roger Federer in the Quarter-final match and will now face the winner of the “suspended” match between Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer.
Many have gone to town with the news that he is the first African to qualify for the Final of Wimbledon when actually he isn’t the first South African.
Actually, Brian Norton was the last South African man to reach the Wimbledon final in 1921. So Kevin at age 32 becomes the second South African in history to play at Wimbledon.
Brian Ivan Cobb Norton aka Babe, made it to the final of Wimbledon by beating Frank Hunter and Manuel Alonso Areizaga, before having two championship points in the Challenge Round against Bill Tilden but losing in five sets.
KEVIN WOULD HAVE BEEN THE THIRD SOUTH AFRICAN TO MAKE WIMBLEDON FINAL
A name sake of Kevin Anderson , Kevin Curren a South African-born player who switched national allegiance to the United States of America reached the final in 1985, though he lost 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 to German Boris “Boom Boom” Becker who with the victory, 33 years ago became the first unseeded champion and the youngest winner of the men’s single.