South Africa’s top singles and doubles tennis exponents, Kevin Anderson and Raven Klaasen remain on target to secure places at the Nitto ATP Finals in London in November.
The duo produced strong performances at the ATP Masters event in Shanghai the last week to consolidate their respective positions on the world rankings.
South Africa’s top-ranked singles tennis player reached the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters beating Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6 (7/1).
He set up a match against Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic, who won the match 7-6 (7/1), 6-3.
The Nitto ATP Finals features only the world’s best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams.
“For me especially, obviously London is a big goal of mine, so I’m still really motivated and I’m working hard to hopefully make it there,” Anderson said in Shanghai.
“You know, there is no doubt that there is some I think fatigue…from the rest of the season, so I think that’s why it’s even more important to be very mentally dedicated.”
Klaasen and New Zealand partner Michael Venus also reached the quarterfinals losing 7-6 4-6 10- 7 to eventual winners Marcelo Melo of Brazil and Lukasz Kubot of Poland.
Klaasen has joined the South African team in Portugal where he will combine with Ruan Roelofse in the doubles rubber in the Euro-Africa Group 1 play-off relegation tie.
Rising singles star Lloyd Harris climbed one spot on the world rankings to a career-high 112th place after reaching the quarterfinals at the Fairfield Challenger in the United States.
He beat Tommy Paul, a former Junior French Open champion, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 to set up a clash with Australian Alex Bolt. Harris lost the quarterfinal match 6-3, 6-4.
Harris, who will be doing duty as South Africa’s top singles player in the country’s Davis Cup tie against Portugal this weekend, is a contender for the ATP Next Gen finals to be held in Milan in November.