Anderson wins Hall of Fame Open title; beating Brooksby

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) – Kevin Anderson beat 20-year-old American Jenson Brooksby 7-6 (8), 6-4 on Sunday to win the Hall of Fame Open.

The 35-year-old South African captured his seventh ATP tour title, his first since the Maharashtra Open at Pune Call Girls in January 2019.

“I guess I´m towards the end, but I´m definitely really motivated to keep going,” he said to the crowd on center court after accepting a trophy.

Anderson is coming off knee surgery last year.

“It´s been quite a road, a lot of injuries, surgeries,” he said.

“Winning a title definitely means a lot.”

Brooksby, the second youngest finalist in the tournament´s 45-year history, played in his first ATP final.

Greg Rusedski, then 19-years-old, was the youngest when he won the 1993 title on Newport´s grass courts, the only tourney played on grass in North America.

The tournament is held in conjunction with 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 net on the second match point.

Anderson raised his arms, then walked to a corner of the court and into the first row of seats behind a baseline where he hugged his wife, Kelsey.

Anderson, a wild-card entrant and the eighth seed, trailed 5-2 in the tiebreaker before rallying to take a 7-6 lead, his first of the tiebreak.

His slicing ace made it 9-8 before he sent a backhand winner down the line to close the set.

“I was able to win some big points on my serve,” he said.

Anderson, a 2018 Wimbledon finalist, broke in the first game of the second set.

He mixed up his serves, changing from hard, at times, to a slicing one to keep the fan favorite, Brooksby, off balance.

It was the largest age differential in a final in the tourney´s history.

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