30 Apr - 20:41

"I’d love to win the title here."- Kevin Anderson returns to Estoril Open looking to win his maiden clay title

Anderson made the semi-finals in the 2017 edition of Millennium Estoril Open and this year he returns as a ATP Top 10 player with one goal in mind: win his maiden clay title.

Kevin Anderson returns to Millennium Estoril Open as first seed and at No. 8 ATP, a career high ranking. The South African made the semi-finals in the 2017 edition of the Portuguese ATP 250 tournament (l.to Muller) and is looking forward to going one better this time around. Speaking to the media in his pre-tournament press conference Anderson made no secret that his goal for this week in Portugal is to win the title on Sunday, his very first on the clay.

“I’m looking forward to this week. It will be my first week on the clay and I’ve had a few weeks to prepare. I’ve had to deal with a few small aches and pains but fortunately my body is feeling healthy right now and I have high expectations for this week. I’d love to win the title here. I’ve never won a title in clay before so that’s definitely a top goal for me,” said Anderson.

Anderson had the best season start of his career thus far: he won the title in New York and reached the final in both Pune (l. To Simon) and Acapulco (l.to Del Potro) before making the quarter-finals in both Miami and Indian Wells. After a few intensive months of tennis the South African admitted he need a period to recover and get ready for the clay season which, for him, starts on Wednesday in Clube de Ténis do Estoril.

“I had to take a few weeks off after Miami. It’s been almost a month since my last match but I need a bit of time to recover and start my preparation for the clay. My body now feels healthy which I’m very happy about. There is always some adjustments that need to be made, definitely the movement is always the biggest thing. I’ve always really enjoyed playing on the clay. I’m excited to start my season in this surface this year, I feel like in the past I’ve had some decent results and have been able to improve on those results as the years have gone by. I have high expectations and high goals for this year’s clay season,” concluded Anderson.

The 31-year-old South African has four titles to his name, all of which on hard court, and will start his bid for glory at Millennium Estoril Open against either Spaniard Pablo Andujar or Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.