The South African has been hampered by injuries over the past two years, which has seen his ranking fall out of the Top 10 to as low as World No.146. However, Anderson feels that he has finally returned to form and is ready to put on a show at Flushing Meadows.
“The excitement of playing in Grand Slams is still highest on my list, and I still have the belief in myself to go out there and try to win the tournament,” said Anderson . “I feel I'm playing really good tennis at the moment, so I’m excited to see how far I can go in the tournament.”
The 35-year old has had his most successful Grand Slam results in New York, reaching the quarterfinals in 2015 before finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal in 2017. Now ranked 75th in the World, Anderson revealed that although the challenge might be daunting, he still has the drive to prove that he can compete with the best in the world.
“As long as I feel like I have a shot, this is what I want to do and what I’m most passionate about,” added the Johannesburg native. “The last couple of years have been trying, and it has been a challenge with the injuries, but fortunately for the last good while it has been going better.
“The most important thing is that the desire and enjoyment are still there. That’s what keeps me going.”