By all logic, today should be the end of the road for Kevin Anderson at the Nitto ATP Finals, for he comes up against the in-form player of the moment, Novak Djokovic.
Such is Djokovic’s dominance that there are already people talking in terms that he may have no competition in the 2019 season. His recovery from being ranked outside the top 20 in June to being the clear world No 1 at the end of the year is a phenomenal achievement, and if he really has put all his motivational and family crises behind him, then it will take a fabulous display from one of his rivals to prevent him dominating men’s tennis over the next 12 months.
And yet he is only human. Two weeks ago he played an astonishing match to beat Roger Federer in the semifinals of the Masters-1000 tournament in Paris-Bercy, but had nothing left in the tank when he faced Karen Khachanov in the following day’s final, and lost in straight sets.
Djokovic has looked back to his keenest this week, but in Kevin Anderson he faces an opponent who has discovered a consistency throughout the year that has hitherto evaded him. Anderson was well placed to qualify for this elite eight-man season finale in 2015 and 2017 but ran out of gas in the last few weeks of the season.
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