Following his biggest career win, beating former champion Andy Murray in four sets to reach his first career Grand Slam quarterfinal, Kevin Anderson wants more. A lot more.
“Top 10 has been a lifelong dream for me,” the 29-year-old Anderson said. “I feel like I’m getting closer. Even top 5, I think that’s ultimately where I want to be.
“So we try structure and think that way. Obviously it’s a lot of tennis and a lot of wins to get there. But I feel like over the last while I’ve definitely been on a good part and am giving myself the best opportunity to get there.
“Just watching Roger playing at 33 or 34, just moving incredible. Obviously he’s one of the best athletes of all times. Maybe tough to compare myself to him. A lot of guys, Ivo Karlovic is over 35. I definitely feel my trajectory is still going up. I’m still improving. My desire is still there. Right now I don’t think age is something to worry about.”
Anderson led eventual champion Novak Djokovic by two sets at Wimbledon before crumbling. Last night, it was nervy but he finished the job in four sets to register his first career Top 10 win in a Slam.
“Once I was up two sets to love, I think it was important not to think about it,” Anderson said about the Wimbledon loss. “I was just really happy with the way I stuck the course, especially in the fourth set. I think he was really finding his way back in the match. He was getting the crowd going. I just really stuck to my guns and I think I played a great fourth set.”
Anderson will now face 2-time Slam winner Stan Wawrinka, and he’s beaten the Swiss four straight times.
“It’s going to be just a tough matchup in my next round,” Anderson said. “It’s definitely not going to be any easier than it was today. I think Stan is a terrific player. Especially at majors he’s really stepped it up, I think one of the people you really have to watch out for. I’m just so pleased to get through the quarters for the first time here. Got tomorrow to prepare. Right now it’s nice to think about from today’s match. It really meant a lot to me. There’s a lot of good feelings here.”
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