Video: Relive the moment Kevin Anderson reaches his maiden Grand Slam final
South African tennis player Kevin Anderson announced his retirement from professional tennis on Tuesday, and the former World No.5 left several memories for his fans all around the world.
Although he announced he was leaving the sport at the age of 35, the Johannesburg native made a concerted attempt to revive his career after tearing his meniscus and undergoing knee surgery in 2020. Prior to this, Anderson joined the unique list of players who reached a Major final, making his Grand Slam final debut at the 2017 US Open.
Ranked 28th and not considered a favorite to reach the final weekend, Anderson surprised the world with his stellar play and never-say-die-attitude. He defeated local favorite Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals, before facing 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta for a spot in the final.
Anderson would rally from a set down to upset the Spaniard, reaching the final of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. The 7-time ATP titlist would go on to lose to Rafael Nadal in the final, but cemented his status as a top player by reaching the Wimbledon final the following year.