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Anderson Eyes World’s Number Five

Posted: Sep 10, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson has his sights set on the top five in the world after his shock victory over Andy Murray at the US Open.

Anderson stunned the world number three at Flushing Meadows with a 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 7-6 (7/0) victory to progress to his first ever grand slam quarter-final.

It is the first time in eight attempts Anderson has won a fourth round match at a major tournament after struggling in the past to overcome the world’s top players.

His victory over Murray, however, came exactly two months after taking Novak Djokovic to five sets at Wimbledon and Anderson wants to compete with the elite on a more regular basis.

‘Top 10 has been a lifelong dream for me. I feel like I’m getting closer – even top five, I think that’s ultimately where I want to be. ‘But I feel like I’ve definitely been on a good run and I’m giving myself the best opportunity to get there.’

Murray has come from two sets down to win eight times in his career and he threatened a fightback after claiming the third set.

The Briton’s resurgence brought back memories of Anderson’s duel with Djokovic at Wimbledon, where he was up two sets before losing in the decider.

‘That was definitely on my mind quite a bit,’ Anderson said.

‘It was important for me going into the match, thinking back to Wimbledon, the way I played there. That’s how I wanted to play again. ‘Once I was up two sets to love, I think it was important not to think about it. ‘I was just really happy with the way I stuck the course, especially in the fourth set.’

Anderson will face a stern test in the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows in the shape of Stan Wawrinka

Anderson now faces two-time major champion Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-finals and he enjoys a strong record against the Swiss, having won all of their last four meetings.