High-flying South African tennis ace Kevin Anderson kicked off the 2019 season with a bang winning the Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune, India on Saturday.
Anderson beat Croat Ivo Karlovic 7-6(4), 6-7(2), 7-6(5) to claim his sixth tour-level title in a hard-fought battle.
Karlovic took a 5-2 advantage in the final tie-break set but he lost his serve twice to play into the South African’s hands.
The 32-year-old finally got his hands on the trophy after finishing last year’s tournament after going down to
“I really wanted to go one step further than last year…you don’t get to win tournaments every week, so when you do it is very special and it is something that definitely means a lot to me,” Anderson said.
“It was really close. It could have gone either way. Obviously I am very pleased to have gone one step further than last year…This atmosphere tonight was something I will definitely remember for the rest of my life.”
Anderson continues to build on a breakthrough 2018 campaign which saw Anderson win titles in New York and Vienna en route to his maiden appearance at the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London.