Kevin Anderson, Mr. Ace
Several are the tennis players in the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell main draw that stand out for the different aspects of the game. Rafa Nadal is a clear example, or Dominic Thiem or Kei Nishikori. But they are not the only ones. There is the South African Kevin Anderson, number 8 in the world at the moment, who appears leading the classification of the best server of the circuit in 2018. He has a total of 373 aces.
In this edition of the tournament he will have next to him the best player in history in this regard, the Croatian Ivo Karlovic, who has about 13,000 serves in his career. But Anderson beats him and is the best specialists this season. The second best is precisely the gigantic Karlovic, but is almost 100 aces short from the South African (281).
The average of Anderson's serves makes him a terrible enemy in any match. This year he has played 22, which is equivalent to 16.9 per match. He won in New York and reached the Pune and Acapulco finals. His win loss record is 17/5.
Nothing less than the surgeries in his left knee, right shoulder, groin, hip and left thigh happened in the 2016-2017 cycle of his career, interrupting what seemed an unstoppable projection to success in this sport.
In this beginning of the season when everything is back on track, he is guided by the figure of a new coach, Brad Stine, who replaced the well-known Neville Godwin at the end of 2017. Anderson, a tall tennis player of 2.03m tall and 93kg of weight, confirmed last year that he had once again become part of the international elite. At the US Open in particular, where he played the final against Rafa Nadal.
It was so much the work he did all those months that Godwin was raved with praise and was chosen by the ATP as coach of the year.
Anderson prepares his assault on the clay season, where it may seem that he is more vulnerable. At the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell he has participated on four occasions and has been improving year after year. Far forgotten is the first round of 2008. Last year reached the fourth round, where he fell to Nadal.