Kevin Anderson kisses his wife and their dog after winning Vienna Open
Kevin Anderson kisses wife Kelsey O’Neal and their little dog on court after big-serving South African books spot at ATP Finals by beating Kei Nishikori to win Vienna Open
- Kevin Anderson beat Kei Nishikori in the final of the Vienna Open on Sunday
- The big-serving South African hit 13 aces and won 6-3 7-6(3) in under two hours
- Anderson’s win saw him book his place at next month’s season-ending ATP Finals
- He celebrated by kissing his wife Kelsey O’Neal and their little dog on court
Big-serving South African Kevin Anderson secured his spot at next month’s season-ending ATP Finals by beating Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3 7-6(3) to win the Vienna Open on Sunday.
He celebrated the win by kissing both his wife Kelsey O’Neal and their little dog on court.
The world No 8 sent down 13 aces and 36 winners, winning 91 percent of his first-serve points as he wrapped up victory in just under two hours.
Kevin Anderson won the Vienna Open on Sunday to book his place at November’s ATP Finals
Kei Nishikori was beaten 6-3 7-6(3) by Anderson in a match that lasted just under two hours
Big-serving Anderson was joined at the tournament by his wife, Kelsey O’Neal, and their dog
Anderson kissed his wife, who was holding their pooch, on court while still in his tennis gear
The 32-year-old is the first South African to reach the ATP Finals in 23 years and follows in the footsteps of compatriot Wayne Ferreira who achieved the feat in 1995.
Anderson joins Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro, Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev in sealing his spot at the season finale, which will run from Novembr 11 to Novemebr 18 at the O2 Arena in London.
His qualification means there are two places still up for grabs ahead of next week’s Paris Masters, with Croatian Marin Cilic, Austrian Dominic Thiem, Nishikori and American John Isner still in the race.
‘I want to congratulate Kei on a great week,’ Anderson said on court after receiving the trophy. ‘You’ve been a world-class player year-in and year-out so best of luck for the rest of the year.’
Anderson was runner-up to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon this year but the win in Vienna represented the biggest title of his career.
The defeat was Nishikori’s ninth straight loss in a final and ended his hopes of a first title since his victory in Memphis in 2016.
He fought gamely but was unable to make any inroads against Anderson’s booming serve, carving out two break points the entire match both of which the South African saved.
The Japanese’s efforts were further undermined by 23 unforced errors and three double faults and though he improved enough to force a second set tiebreak, Anderson held his nerve and sealed the win with an ace.
The tennis ace then kissed the little dog on its head while spectators watched on in Vienna
Anderson raised the trophy above his head as confetti rained down at the award ceremony
Nishikori held his runners-up prize as he stood next to champion Anderson for a photo call
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