Cyril leads praise of An­der­son

The Herald (South Africa) - - Sport -

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. –

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