Kevin Anderson recalls being defeated by AB de Villiers in a game of tennis
Anderson beat Federer in the quarter-final and John Isner in the semi-final to land a spot in the Wimbledon final.
Updated - Jul 15, 2018 5:14 pm
Kevin Anderson’s name has been doing the rounds across various platforms on the internet after he did the unthinkable on Wednesday. He was scheduled to play Roger Federer in the quarterfinals of the ongoing Wimbledon championship in London. However, the South African produced a shock as he stumped Federer in a five-set marathon to eliminate the defending champion out of the tournament.
In his following contest, he met USA’s John Isner Now, in a match that lasted six hours and 35 minutes to make a place in the final of the Wimbledon. It so happens that during his days at the national level, he had lost a tennis game against star cricketer AB de Villiers. The tennis star had mentioned the same in an earlier interview. While AB went on to become a legend in his cricketing career, Anderson is creating headlines having defeated the 8-time Swiss champion.
AB was a well-known tennis player in the junior circuit
A couple of years ago, Kevin Anderson had revealed that one instance where de Villiers had defeated him during their early tennis days. While he conceded that it was a close game, AB managed to get the better of him.
“AB was a well-known tennis player in the junior circuit. I was two years junior to him, and we used to play against each other all the time. I remember this one time when he defeated me in straight sets, but I gave him a tough competition. AB’s best part was his court coverage, he had an amazing backhand as well,” Anderson. was quoted as saying by Times Now.
Having recently retired from international cricket, AB de Villiers had stated in his autobiography about his sporting background. He had played golf, rugby and tennis alongside cricket where he became an all-time legend. Having amassed more than 20,000 runs in international cricket, the Proteas cricketer will continue to feature in T20 leagues around the world.