Hot on form Kevin Anderson flaming at the US Open


Those who overlook Kevin Anderson’s ground game, typecasting the 6-foot-8 South African as merely a power-serving machine, do so at their own peril. Andy Murray found that out the hard way at the US Open in 2015, when the then-world No. 3 was simply outslugged by Anderson, who would post a career-best Slam showing by reaching the quarterfinals.
Borna Coric may not have overlooked Anderson on Day 5 in the Grandstand, but the 61st-ranked Croat sure couldn’t hang with the 28th seed from the baseline, falling in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, in one hour and 49 minutes. Anderson, 31, has now reached the round of 16 at all three majors he’s played this year, having sat out the Australian Open in order to rehab from a hip injury.
“I’m really just trying to stick to my game,” said Anderson, whose 32 winners included 12 aces. “It’s built around the serve, but I also want to make my opponent run more than me.”
The 20-year-old Coric – one of the poster boys for the ATP World Tour’s #NextGen campaign – was aiming to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his four-year career.
With Coric serving to stay in the opening set at 4-5, 30-40, Anderson flashed some all-court form, putting away a forehand approach to grab both the break and the set. Trailing 1-2 in the second, Coric called for a medical timeout in order to have his right knee taped. Anderson would break him again eight games later en route to a commanding two-set lead.
With his opponent perhaps not 100 percent, the former University of Illinois standout would strike again in the third with breaks in the third and fifth games to put the match away for good.
Anderson saved all five break points he faced on Friday, and has yet to be broken in three rounds of action.
“It definitely helps,” he said. “I’d love to come out here and not face any break points. They’re difficult situations, but if I concentrate I feel I can handle it. I feel I have a great mindset.”
WHAT IT MEANS: Anderson moves on to face tour vet Paolo Lorenzi, who emerged from an all-Italian third-rounder against countryman Thomas Fabbiano, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. Anderson is a spotless 3-0 against the 35-year-old, including a 7-5, 7-6 win on clay earlier this year in Geneva.
MATCH POINT: Anderson last reached the quarterfinals here in 2015. Can he advance to the Elite Eight once again? Oh yes the Big Guy certainly can!
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