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Finalist Kevin Anderson to return to Maharashtra Open next year

October 31, 2018 16:31 IST

World No 6 Kevin Anderson has made it to the ATP Tour Finals on the back of his Vienna Open title

IMAGE: World No 6 Kevin Anderson has made it to the ATP Tour Finals on the back of his Vienna Open title win on Sunday. Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

World No 6 Kevin Anderson has confirmed his presence in the second edition of the Tata Open Maharashtra in 2019.

The Wimbledon Championship runner-up is expected to be a top draw at the ATP 250 event to be played at the Mhalunge Balewadi Stadium in Pune.

The 32-year old became the first South African in over two decades to qualify for the season-ending ATP Tour Finals after beating Japan's Kei Nishikori in the finals of Vienna Open on Sunday.

On the back of his fifth ATP title, Anderson rose to World No. 6 joining Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro, Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev in qualifying for the elite event.

Prashant Sutar, Tournament Director, Tata Open Maharashtra was ecstatic after bringing back the in-form South African for the event.

"I happened to meet Kevin during Wimbledon and he expressed his willingness to come back to Pune as he was happy about how our event was conducted overall. We are delighted to have him back and will be one our star attractions for this year's tournament," said Sutar.

Last edition, the South African was one of the top players to have descended in Pune along with Marin Cilic, Simon Gilles among others.

In 2018, Anderson peaked at his career-high ranking of No. 5 on July 16, becoming the highest-ranked South African in ATP Rankings history.

He also advanced to his second Grand Slam final at Wimbledon where he lost to Novak Djokovic in straight sets. En route the final, Anderson beat John Isner 26-24 in the semis in the fifth set to become part of 2nd-longest Grand Slam match ever. But the highlight was his quarter-finals win over No. 2 Roger Federer where he rallied from two sets down and saved one match point for his biggest career win.

He also made it to the final of 2018 Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC Open (ATP 500) losing to Juan Martin Del Potro. A couple of weeks before that, he won the New York Open (ATP 250) beating Sam Querrey in the final.

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