Kevin Anderson told South African youngsters to “stick to their dreams” and follow in his footsteps after he knocked Roger Federer out of Wimbledon on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old Anderson came back from two sets to love down and saved a match point to stun the eight-time champion 2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11.
Anderson became the first South African in the Wimbledon semi-finals since Kevin Curren in 1983 and just the sixth in history.
“Yeah, already gotten tons of messages from support back home,” said eighth seed Anderson.
“I really hope it’s an example of sticking to your dreams and keep believing in yourself.
“I always say I was in the same position, it’s not easy coming from South Africa, it’s very far from the tennis scene.”
by Dave James for Daily Maverick