Top-seeded South African Kevin Anderson won his first ATP title in three years on Sunday, defeating No. 2 seed Sam Querrey 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(1) for the inaugural New York Open championship.
It was Anderson’s first title since the 2015 Winston-Salem Open after battling back from injures.
“Tennis is a tough sport,” Anderson said afterwards. “You play three, four, five matches sometimes to get to the final and if it doesn’t go your way, it’s pretty tough to deal with even though you’ve had a great week. I’ve been to quite a few finals. It really means a lot to me to get through today.”
The 31-year-old will move to a career-best No. 9 in the ATP Rankings on Monday.
Anderson was 0-3 in his last three tour finals.
“One of the big goals I had for this year was to try to be a bit more successful in that final stage,” Anderson said. “It feels great to come through and get today’s win. It gives me a lot of confidence for the year.”
Anderson amazingly needed three sets to win all four of his matches in New York.
Each player broke three times in the first two sets. The third set went to a tiebreak which the South African closed out.
“[It was] a couple points here and there,” Querrey said. “The way he plays it doesn’t let you play that much because he goes so much, so you don’t really get that comfortable out there. But it could have gone either way.”
Anderson’s win evened their 16 meetings on tour.
Three years ago Anderson spent one week in he Top 10, and now he will climb to a career-best No. 9.
Querrey fell to 10-8 in career finals. Last year he won titles at Los Cabos and Acapulco, both on hardcourts.
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