Cyril leads praise of Anderson
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday led SA in congratulating Kevin Anderson after he sensationally knocked Roger Federer out of Wimbledon in the quarterfinals to become the first South African to reach the semifinals in 35 years.
Anderson, 32, defeated defending champion Federer in a five-set thriller that lasted slightly more than four hours.
“Congratulations to Kevin Anderson for reaching the men’s singles semifinals,” Ramaphosa tweeted on Thursday.
Anderson became the first South African to reach the Wimbledon semifinals since Kevin Curren in 1983 and just the sixth in history.
“We have always considered him an ambassador and he continues to wave the flag. We are very excited,” sports ministry spokesperson Mickey Modisane said.
“From a social cohesion and nation-building perspective, it’s a great achievement for South Africa.”
South African cricketer Morne Morkel, who was in the crowd of spectators at Wimbledon, tweeted: “Over three hours these two men gave their all to stay alive. Fight, determination, hunger – you name it, they showed it all.”
Eighth seed Anderson will play American ninth seed John Isner in the semifinals on Friday for a place in Sunday’s final. –