Kevin Anderson consolidated his position in the top-10 in the world ATP rankings after winning his sixth tour-level title at the Tata Maharashtra Open in Pune, India on Saturday.
The South African tennis ace remained in sixth place when the first men’s ATP world singles rankings of the year were released on Monday.
Anderson defeated 39-year-old Ivo Karlovic in three sets 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 in India in the tallest ATP final in the Open Era.
Serbian Novak Djokovic tops the rankings and is followed by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
South Africa’s second-best singles player Lloyd Harris climbed eight places after reaching the quarterfinal of the Playford ATP Challenger.
Harris retired from his quarterfinal match against Constant Lestienne in Australia last week.
He will be looking to be at his best when he faces the Czech Republic’s Zdeněk Kolář in his Australian Open qualifier on Tuesday morning.
Harris reached his first Grand Slam at the 2018 US Open where he suffered a 2-6 2-6 3-6 defeat to former world No 6 Gilles Simon of France in his opening match.
The Capetonian ace slipped 17 places on the ATP rankings after reaching a career-high 110th spot in 2018.
He has regained some ground in the new year moving into 119th place in the latest rankings.