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05-22-2016 12:27 AM
Ichbinmüde
Re: Kevin Anderson (SA)

Roland Garros 2016 - Is it time for the KAndyMan?




Focused KAndy is very focused, eyes keeping on the ball during his match against Schwartzman


It's the 141st day of this year resp. the 20th May of 2016, better known as the day when RG-draw was made in Paris to take place the second Grand Slam of the year for tennis fans. Everyone paid attention towards the main players resp. those who have objectively chances to win the whole tournament. Nadal ended in Djokovic's half, Wawrinka got drawn with Murray in the bottom part of the draw. And how about Anderson? What could he achieve at this year's RG?

Let's take a look back, a few months ago. Kev was scheduled to play in Delray Beach, you could say it's his hometown where he's living, chilling and practicing outside of the tour and spent most of his pro-career. After a very disappointing January, when he had to withdraw from a tournament, lost a match due to huge pains and had to retire at his first and only match of the first Grand Slam of the year, he was looking forward to take fully action at his home tournament.

Promising and auspicious movements followed close upon very dark and helpless moments, therefore he lost his service game when he was serving for the set. Committing UEs left and right and barely moving. His face revealed the pain he felt, but not only his knee is injured which bothered him at the beginning of the year. No, unfortunately another injury came up on and he struggled with his elbow already days before. Austin Krajicek, his opponent back to that day in Delray Beach, didn't play astonishing tennis. Neither Kev was under pressure, he played solid tennis and just kept the ball in rallies. The best and most clever way when your opponent is feeling pain on the other side. The young promising American even had chances to take the set before the tiebreak, but Kevin's serves and his slight nervousness led into the breaker.

The breaker was the crucial point not only of the match but also of KAndy's young season. He realized he ain't compatible with the top guys like he used to be in last year and could barely move. Even less during the tie-break. At the end it was a pauper's oath and one as a Kev-fan was very pessimistic about the rest of the season. His decision then was to go under surgery to get rid off these pains. You couldn't see anything of KAndy and most of his fans and even tennis fans, who don't follow Anderson so much, asked what he's been doing. You couldn't see him play for two whole months and it felt like an eternity for me. You didn't even get any kind of news, thankfully a few weeks ago I got the info that Kev is gonna play an important European clay tournament.

After weeks of practicing and fighting at home he went with a 1-3 w-l-ratio to Madrid and of course he had to face one of most in form players at that time: Monfils. His unlucky streak yet had to find an end. However, it was a good match for KAndy, especially the first set was absolutely great. Hit many clean and good shots, even outwinnered Monfils in the first set, but had his typical choke at his last service game
In the second set he looked pretty flat after all the practice on and off court and the trip from Florida to Madrid right before tournament fatigued him as well. He continued his journey to Rome and he got drawn with another dangerous player, a lefty called Lopez. As it was on Sunday you once again couldn't see him in action on TV, but as you could read in the match-thread he showed another great display and could even defeat the Spaniard! His first win on clay over a top player this year and well, he had to face a typical clay-mug who's of course the better player on clay next round. Monaco was in great form, tho Kev could wrap the first set up with great movements and many winners. I was even optimistic that he really was back to be a threat for every player, but then he lost the thread and deservedly lost the two last sets. Unfortunately being broken multiple times in the third set as his service wasn't up there too.

Still good tournaments so far of course. Kev fought hard even at his losses, paid the price for being out for such a long while. He clamped down against Schwartzman, looked like to be in control the whole match despite a few horrific mistakes which didn't take him down. His match against Sousa had a lot of ups and downs, as KAndy fascinated the crowd thanks to a good shot-selection and he moved after a very long time like in his best days again. It was a pleasure his ROS is getting better by match, could close several points when Sousa serving with a good match plan. KAndy had like six break points, but couldn't convert any of them. Unfortunately the South African couldn't take the lead and forewent chances to even win a set. The good 'Ol Chokerson back, you know the business.

What do we have to expect in Paris now? What do you think? He has to face Robert in the first round, a player who can be a threat for everyone if he's on. Just remember his 2nd round display against Djokovic in Rome, although the latter played average tennis. It's very unlucky that he has so many good players in his section, beginning with Nadal, Thiem, Zverev and many more. It's not looking that great to make another good Slam run again. Will he come through Robert? Sincerely I think that everything is possible with Kev. Of course, he hasn't the stamina yet to jeopardize the bests, but he still has enough in his tank to beat many players behind them. Unlike the others Kev is relatively fresh and is improving a lot again. So it's thinkable that he has a first round exit, but also a fabulous run to QFs. Will he peak in Paris on clay? It's hard to imagine as clay isn't his favourite surface, but I'm deluded and a dreamer.

If he can avoid his classic chokes, there are huge chances to get further than expected. Hope is the only answer as his w-l ratio this year is only at 2-5 due to his long hiatus, but we know KAndy has done some miracles in his career thanks to his passion and obsession to maximize his achievements and success. To at least win a round or two after all his pains he felt at the beginning of the year, the surgery he underwent, the deceptions he experienced after a glorious year, but still the support of his family, fans and from many more backed him up. He achieved already a big aim today and that is to stay on court and compete again yet on clay. Quite hard to imagine a few weeks back to see him taking action at RG, tho he proved many wrong. He's still practicing, still fighting to get to his best and to take fully action of the tournaments ahead like this Slam on clay.
04-30-2016 06:46 PM
Ichbinmüde
Re: Kevin Anderson (SA)

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Originally Posted by Ichbinmüde View Post
Great news! I've heard that KAndy is doing very great in practice and will soon be there on the court again, probably Madrid
Spot on, but tbh I didn't want to see him in Madrid. Think it's too early to make a comeback
04-02-2016 07:01 PM
Ichbinmüde
Re: Kevin Anderson (SA)

Great news! I've heard that KAndy is doing very great in practice and will soon be there on the court again, probably Madrid
03-15-2016 07:10 PM
Ivo Isner
Re: Kevin Anderson (SA)

Kevin Anderson is my second favorite player. His peak level is as good as Wawrinka. Just not as lucky as Wawrinka I guess. It was truly a mystery to me that he never makes a slam SF. But now I start to realize why: he is too injury-prone. Hopefully he can play Miami.
02-22-2016 01:39 PM
FedalCastro
Re: Kevin Anderson (SA)

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Originally Posted by Ichbinmüde View Post
Kev pulled out of Acapulco. Wanted to play here
What a shame, especially since he was defending sf points from last year. I hope that he'll finally be fit for IW and Miami, he really needs a good run at both of those events to get back on track and salvage what has been the worst possible start to the season.
02-22-2016 10:01 AM
Ichbinmüde
Re: Kevin Anderson (SA)

Kev pulled out of Acapulco. Wanted to play here
02-16-2016 10:35 PM
Ichbinmüde
Re: Kevin Anderson (SA)

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Originally Posted by FedalCastro View Post
Well, he’s in a massive free-fall now. He’ll probably withdraw from Acapulco, IW, and Miami as well. He claimed that his long-lasting knee problem has no permanent medical solution and can only be mitigated, and now his shoulder. Given how injury-prone he is his career could be close to being over, especially since he’s going to be hitting 30 soon.
I mean I just played tennis elbow with peak KAndy on clay and it was so awesome. Watched a few highlights against Kei, Murray and Djokovic last year. Man, when he's peaking it's so beautiful, I really don't want to miss it. I'm kinda worried too and close to give my hopes up tbh
02-16-2016 08:48 PM
FedalCastro
Re: Kevin Anderson (SA)

Well, he’s in a massive free-fall now. He’ll probably withdraw from Acapulco, IW, and Miami as well. He claimed that his long-lasting knee problem has no permanent medical solution and can only be mitigated, and now his shoulder. Given how injury-prone he is his career could be close to being over, especially since he’s going to be hitting 30 soon.
02-16-2016 08:00 PM
Ichbinmüde
Re: Kevin Anderson (SA)

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Originally Posted by Ichbinmüde View Post
Blitz recovery a few days ago and will play in Delray Beach. Hope he's ok and won't hurt himself again

Come on Kev!
02-14-2016 05:32 PM
Ichbinmüde
Re: Kevin Anderson (SA)

Blitz recovery a few days ago and will play in Delray Beach. Hope he's ok and won't hurt himself again

Come on Kev!
01-29-2016 07:58 PM
Ichbinmüde
Re: Kevin Anderson (SA)

Pulled out of Memphis, hope he's back in IW.
01-21-2016 09:52 PM
Ichbinmüde
Re: Kevin Anderson (SA)

Very great I'm not the only one out here, otherwise I fast lose interest on writing here as I think nobody cares about it. @FedalCastro here again very welcome to the KAndy-thread

Back to KAndy:



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KAndy-experts already knew it, as we already talked about his injury right before the first Slam. Nevertheless he seems in good shape physically and mentally despite being injured. I'm really looking forward to seeing Kev healthy again, I think he'll be at it again later on.
01-15-2016 01:49 AM
FedalCastro
Re: Kevin Anderson (SA)

I just thought that I’d list KAndo’s potential AO road ahead. Kevin’s string of bad luck in 2016 continues with an absolutely heinous draw extracted from deepest bowels of Hell.

In his current state, I don’t think the KAndy Man will be making past the 3rd round this year. I’d love to be proven wrong though, but to say that he looks bad right now is an understatement.

Rd 1-Ram

Rd2- Qualifier

Rd3- Monfils

Rd4- Nadal

QF- Wawrinka

SF- Murray

F- Djokovic
01-09-2016 02:39 PM
Manu_ser
Re: Kevin Anderson (SA)

Honestly, he has the game to be number 1 in the world.
01-09-2016 02:31 PM
Ichbinmüde
Re: Kevin Anderson (SA)

Kev is ready to play in Auckland
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