Kevin Anderson Q&A: Love Of The Great Outdoors
by Kate Flory|
World No. 34 Kevin Anderson advanced to the Roland Garros third round for the first time on Wednesday after beating Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0. Afterwards the South African told ATPWorldTour.com of his love for the great outdoors and the importance of recovery during Grand Slam championships.
Kevin, you’re through to the third round here for the first time, but what a battle it’s been. You went 11-9 in the fifth set against Rui Machado, saving four match points, and then went four sets against Horacio Zeballos today. How are you feeling?
I’m definitely happy that I was able to get through this match at all, but it was easier than my last match. Each match has its own challenges and I think after losing the second set today I was able to come back nicely to take the third and the fourth set. I’m obviously pleased to get through even my first match, just to give myself an opportunity in this match. I felt as though I played well and I’m definitely looking forward to my next match.
When you’re going through a Grand Slam, how difficult and important is recovery after these five-set matches?
I think that’s one of the most important things, especially after a match like I played in the first round, which was longer than most matches. Fortunately, actually, I had two days off, finishing the match we were only out there for 30 minutes or so, so it’s going to be nice having another day off tomorrow. I thought I was able to recover nicely today, my body felt healthy. I think for me, the main thing will be having a light day tomorrow, probably hit a little bit, but I think if I do that I’ll be able to prepare well for my next match.
How do you face the challenge of Tomas Berdych?
I’ve played him a couple of times now this year already and he’s beaten me both times. I’ve learned a few things from both times I’ve played him. I know I’m going to have to play well. He’s obviously a very good player. For me, it’s just going to be a pretty relaxed day tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to the challenge on Friday. I’m going to have to play well and that’s why I’m here. It’s going to be a fun match and something I’m looking forward to.
Have you had the chance to enjoy Paris in your free time?
A little bit. We were here for a whole week beforehand. I’ve been to Paris a few times. We’re staying right by the Eiffel Tower, which is nice. I haven’t done as much sightseeing as I have in previous years, but maybe tomorrow I’ll have a few hours to do something.
You got married last November, how has the first six months of married life been for you?
It’s been, I guess, interesting compared to most other married couples. We haven’t seen each other a lot. Luckily, my wife’s here with me this week, so we’re really having a good time. She was able to get some time off work. I think, hopefully, later this year we’ll be able to spend a little bit more time together.
One of your hobbies is outdoor adventuring... Can you tell us more about that?
I know it’s a pretty broad concept [laughs]. But I just love being outside. In the States, specifically when I go out west like California, I love doing the mountain trails, hiking. Even if it’s just scuba diving or stuff like that, I just find those things kind of fun. Specifically it has been sort of mountainous, but I’m up for everything.
I spent the last few off seasons in Florida, so there’s not a whole lot of outdoor activities going on there! It was nice, during our honeymoon last year, we went to St. Lucia. There’s quite a bit of stuff we did there like zip-lining, we went up a couple of mountains, snorkelling and stuff. So it was a pretty active honeymoon. I just think that’s how I am.