Today at Wimbledon, the South African flag will be flying high with Kevin Anderson and Raven Klaasen representing the Rainbow nation in the singles and doubles respectively.
Let’s preview Kevin Anderson’s fourth round match today (Monday) on court 18 second match after 11h30 local time;
NO. 24 SAM QUERREY (USA) v KEVIN ANDERSON (RSA)
Tour-level head-to-head: Querrey leads 7-5
A 13th Tour-level meeting for the pair but their first at a Grand Slam. They have played one previous match on grass, with Querrey winning in straight sets at 2009 Queen’s.
Of the 29 completed sets that the pair have contested at Tour-level, 11 have gone to tiebreaks. Querrey has won 149 of the 295 tiebreaks he has contested at Tour-level, while Anderson has won just one fewer having been victorious in 148 of the 274 tiebreaks he has played at Tour-level.
If Anderson wins today and reaches his first Wimbledon quarterfinal on his 9th appearance here, he will move into joint-10th place on the list for most attempts before reaching the quarterfinals here. He will be tied with Querrey, who reached the last 8 here for the first time on his 9th appearance last year. Byron Black, Mardy Fish, Thomas Johansson, Petr Korda, Jason Stoltenberg and Todd Woodbridge are the other men to have reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals on their 9th attempt.
At 6’8’’ (2.03m), Anderson is the tallest man left in the draw. Querrey, who is 6’6’’ (1.98m), is the 2nd-tallest man in the draw along with Marin Cilic and Alexander Zverev, who are also 6’6’’.
QUERREY v ANDERSON
29 Age 31
28 ATP Ranking 42
9 Titles 3
44-41 Career Grand Slam Record 50-32
15-9 Wimbledon Record 12-8
306-248 Career Record 255-191
54-33 Career Record – Grass 30-22
21-13 2017 Record 16-11
5-2 2017 Record – Grass 4-1
5-10 Career Five-Set Record 10-7
1 Comebacks from 0-2 Down 2
149-146 Career Tiebreak Record 148-126
8-4 2017 Tiebreak Record 12-7
• QUERREY is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the 2nd straight year. This is his 10th Wimbledon appearance and his 42nd Grand Slam overall.
• Last year here Querrey recorded his best Grand Slam result by reaching the quarterfinals (l. Milos Raonic). He recorded his first win over a world No. 1 by defeating Novak Djokovic in the 3rd round, ending Djokovic’s 30-match winning streak at the majors. He was also the first American man to reach the last 8 at a major since John Isner and Andy Roddick at the 2011 US Open.
• Querrey is the only active American man to have reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. If he wins today he will also become the only active American man to make reach multiple Grand Slam quarterfinals. Isner is the only other active American man to reach the last 8 at a Grand Slam.
• Querrey advanced the round of 16 here after defeating Thomas Fabbiano 76(5) 75 62, Nikoloz Basilashvili 64 46 63 63 and No. 12 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 62 36 76(5) 16 75 in the opening 3 rounds here. His victory against Tsonga in the 3rd round improved his win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon to 3-4 and to 5-10 overall.
• If he wins today Querrey will play either No. 1 seed Andy Murray or Benoit Paire in the quarterfinals. He trails Murray 1-7 in their previous meetings and has never faced Paire.
• In Grand Slam play this year, Querrey reached the 3rd round at the Australian Open (l. Murray) but fell to Hyeon Chung in the 1st round at Roland Garros.
• Querrey warmed up for Wimbledon by reaching the quarterfinals at Queen’s (l. Gilles Muller). He also competed at Eastbourne, where he lost to Daniil Medvedev in the 1st round.
• Querrey’s 2017 highlight is winning his 9th career title at Acapulco (d. Rafael Nadal). He recorded 4 consecutive wins over Top 20 players – No. 11 David Goffin, No. 9 Dominic Thiem, No. 17 Nick Kyrgios and No. 6 Nadal – having lost his previous 7 encounters with Top 20 opposition. He has also reached the quarterfinals at Delray Beach (l. Juan Martin del Potro), Geneva (l. Stan Wawrinka) and Queen’s.
• Querrey’s best grass court results are winning the title at Queen’s in 2010 (d. Mardy Fish) and reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last year.
• Wimbledon is Querrey’s most successful Grand Slam in terms of matches won. He has a 15-9 win-loss record here, compared to 14-10 at the US Open, 11-11 at the Australian Open and 4-11 at Roland Garros.
• In 2012 Querrey contested the 2nd longest men’s singles match in Wimbledon history, losing in the 3rd round to Marin Cilic 76(6) 64 67(2) 67(3) 17-15 in 5 hours 31 minutes.
• Querrey reached a career-high ranking of No. 17 in January 2011. He plays here at No. 28.
• Querrey entered the men’s doubles here with Muller. They fell in the 1st round to Nikola Mektic/Franko Skugor 76(4) 76(8) 46 36 61.
• Querrey is coached by Craig Boynton.
• ANDERSON is bidding to reach the quarterfinals here for the first time and equal his best Grand Slam result. His only appearance in the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam to date came at the 2015 US Open (l. Stan Wawrinka).
• Anderson is also bidding to become the first South African man to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals since Wayne Ferreira in 1994. Kevin Curren holds the record for the best performance by a South African man at Wimbledon, reaching the semifinals in 1983. [NB Curren later finished as Wimbledon runner-up representing USA in 1985.]
• Anderson is looking to reach his 2nd Grand Slam quarterfinal and become the 6th South African man to reach multiple Grand Slam quarterfinals in the Open Era. Johan Kriek (6), Ferreira (5), Cliff Drysdale (3), Curren (2) and Ray Moore (2) are the only South African men to have made multiple appearances in the last 8 at a major in the Open Era. [NB Kriek and Curren both reached further Grand Slam quarterfinals while representing USA.]
• Anderson advanced to round of 16 here after defeating No. 31 seed Fernando Verdasco 26 76(5) 76(8) 63 in his 50th Tour-level match on grass in the 1st round, Andreas Seppi 63 76(4) 63 in the 2nd round and qualifier Ruben Bemelmans 76(3) 64 76(3) in the 3rd round. This is his 9th Wimbledon appearance and his 33rd appearance at a major.
• If he wins today Anderson will play either No. 1 seed Andy Murray or Benoit Paire in the quarterfinals. He trails Murray 2-6 in their previous meetings and has never faced Paire.
• By reaching the round of 16 here this year, Anderson has equalled his best Wimbledon result. He also reached the round of 16 in 2014 (l. Murray) and 2015 (l. Novak Djokovic), becoming just the 6th South African man in the Open Era to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon on multiple occasions after Ferreira (6), Bob Hewitt (2), Kriek (2), Bernie Mitton (2) and Christo Van Rensburg (2). [NB Curren reached the round of 16 here on 3 occasions, but only once while playing under the flag of South Africa]
• By defeating Bemelmans for his 50th Grand Slam match-win, Anderson became the 7th South African man to have recorded 50 match-wins at the majors – after Ferreira (104), Kriek (81), Hewitt (80), Drysdale (75), Eric Sturgess (64) and Curren (50). [NB Both Kriek and Curren represented USA for part of their careers.]
• Having defeated No. 31 seed Verdasco in his opening match here, Anderson is aiming to defeat 2 seeded players at a Grand Slam for the 2nd time in his career. At the 2015 US Open, he defeated No. 20 seed Dominic Thiem in the 3rd round and No. 3 seed Murray in the round of 16 before falling in the quarterfinals. He has an 11-21 win-loss record against seeded players at the majors.
• Anderson is bidding to record 4 straight Tour-level match-wins on grass for the 2nd time in his career. He won 4 straight matches to reach the final at 2015 Queen’s (l. Murray). By reaching the round of 16 here, he has record 3 consecutive grass court match-wins at Tour-level for the 5th time in his career.
• Last year here Anderson fell to Denis Istomin in 5-sets in the 1st round, despite holding a 2-0 lead. It is one of 4 occasions in his career he has lost a match after winning the opening 2 sets. He has a 2-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon and a 10-7 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.
• In Grand Slam play in 2017, Anderson reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros, where he retired with a left thigh injury while trailing Marin Cilic 63 3-0. He withdrew from the Australian Open with a hip injury, ending his streak of 28 consecutive appearances at the Grand Slams, and began his season at Memphis in February.
• Anderson warmed up for Wimbledon at Eastbourne, where he defeated Thomaz Bellucci before falling to Richard Gasquet in the 2nd round.
• Anderson is a former Top 10 player. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 10 in October 2015. He played a limited schedule in the first half of 2016 due to a shoulder injury and minor ankle surgery and fell to No. 80 in January this year – his lowest ranking since August 2010. He plays here at No. 42.
• Anderson has won 3 career titles, all of which have come on a hard court. He won his first career title in 2011 in his hometown of Johannesburg (d. Somdev Devvarman), and also won at 2012 Delray Beach (d. Marinko Matosevic) and 2015 Winston-Salem (d. Pierre-Hugues Herbert).
• Anderson is one of the 7 men aged 30 or over through to the round of 16 at Wimbledon this year from the 48 who started in the main draw – the most 30-somethings to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon in the Open Era. The highest number of men aged 30 or over to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in the Open Era is 3, which has happened on 5 occasions – in 1970, 1975, 2012, 2015 and 2016.
• Anderson received travel grants from the Grand Slam Development Fund to play junior events in 2004.
• Anderson is coached by former world No. 90 Neville Godwin, who reached the round of 16 here in 1996.
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