Kevin Anderson beat 20-year-old American Jenson Brooksby 7-6(8) 6-4 to win the Hall of Fame Open.
The 35-year-old South African on Sunday captured his seventh ATP tour title, his first for the reason that Maharashtra Open at Pune in January 2019.
“I guess I’m towards the end, but I’m definitely really motivated to keep going,” he mentioned to the gang on centre courtroom after accepting a trophy.
Anderson is coming off knee surgical procedure final yr.
“It’s been quite a road, a lot of injuries, surgeries,” he mentioned.
“Winning a title definitely means a lot.”
Brooksby, the second youngest finalist within the match’s 45-year historical past, performed in his first ATP closing.
This is when the exhausting work pays off 🏆
Pure delight for @KAndersonATP as he clinches his seventh title 🙌
— ATP Tour (@atptour) July 18, 2021
Greg Rusedski, then 19-years-old, was the youngest when he received the 1993 title on Newport’s grass courts, the one tourney performed on grass in North America.
The match is held along side enshrinement ceremonies into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
The match lasted 2 hours, 11 minutes, ending when Brooksby hit a forehand return into the web on the second match level.
Anderson raised his arms, then walked to a nook of the courtroom and into the primary row of seats behind a baseline the place he hugged his spouse, Kelsey.
Anderson, a wild-card entrant and the eighth seed, trailed 5-2 within the tiebreaker earlier than rallying to take a 7-6 lead, his first of the tiebreak.
His slicing ace made it 9-8 earlier than he despatched a backhand winner down the road to shut the set.
“I was able to win some big points on my serve,” he mentioned.
Anderson, a 2018 Wimbledon finalist, broke within the first sport of the second set. He combined up his serves, altering from exhausting, at instances, to a slicing one to maintain the fan favourite, Brooksby, off stability.
It was the biggest age differential in a closing within the tourney’s historical past.