Junior 2007 All-American Kevin Anderson wins first American Futures title of his career in Sacramento.
June 25, 2007
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Junior Kevin Anderson broke through the field at the 2007 Trius Technologies 15,000 USA F13 Futures event in Sacramento, defeating top-seeded Ivan Miranda (World No. 256) of Peru, 7-6(4), 6-3, in the finals to capture his first American Futures title of his career on Sunday afternoon. Anderson and former Illinois player Ryler DeHeart tried to make it two titles for the Illini 2008 senior, but fell short in a grueling three-set final's match in doubles to Sadik Kadir and Adam Kennedy of Australia, 7-6(2), 2-6, 7-5.
Anderson is having quite a summer as of late, with Sacramento marking his second straight final of 2007 and is the third time in as many tournaments that the South African native has made it to the quarterfinals or further in a professional circuit event. With his 2007 summer results, Anderson has again climbed in the rankings, reaching a career-high 419 as of the June 25th edition of the poll.
Anderson took down a formidable list of opponents en route to his first title of 2007, removing No. 1007 Luigi D'Agord of Italy from the main draw in the first round, 6-4, 6-2, before meeting a familiar foe in the second round, Scoville Jenkins of the United States.
The meeting marked the third time in as many tournaments the two have met, the second main draw matchup, with Anderson winning the first contest in the qualifying draw at Yuba City. The second match went to Jenkins, who defeated Anderson in the finals of the 2007 Recoating West, Inc. USTA Men's 15,000 Professional Tennis Tournament in Loomis, Calif., 7-5, 7-6(1).
In the second round, however, Anderson repaid the favor, taking down No. 360-ranked Jenkins 7-5, 6-4. In the quarterfinals, the Johannesburg, South Africa native took down No. 4-seeded Nicholas Monroe of the United States (No. 350), 6-4, 6-2, setting up a battle against No. 2-seeded Alex Bogomolov Jr. (No. 270) of the United States in the semifinals.
In his first three-set affair of the tournament, the 2007 All-American persevered to capture the match, 6-7(2), 7-6(4), 6-2 and advance to his second straight final to meet No. 1-seeded Miranda. From there the 2007 NCAA singles semifinalist would not let his second title chance slip away as he dismissed his third seeded player of the tournament and second top-300 opponent.
In other Illini recaps, junior Ryan Rowe also had a tremendous run in Sacramento, as he went 3-1 at the event after winning three straight to advance into the main draw. To get to his first main draw bracket appearance of 2007, Rowe opened the qualifying tournament with a win over Nicolas Meister of the United States, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, in the first round. Rowe then defeated No. 7-seeded Miles Armstrong of Australia in the second round, 7-5, 6-4, before downing No. 13-seeded Brad Weston, 6-3, 7-6(0) of the United States in the third and final round of qualifying.
Once in the main draw, the 2007 All-American could not overcome the World's No. 494-ranked player in Kadir of Australia, falling in a three-set battle, 3-6, 6-0, 6-0.
Also in the main draw was 2003 Illini DeHeart, who defeated Santiago Gonzales (No. 417) of Mexico in the first round, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0. In the second, however, DeHeart fell to fourth-seeded Monroe in another three-set marathon, 1-6, 7-6(4), 7-5. Despite a second-round exit, DeHeart has again moved his way up the rankings, posting a career-high No. 422 in the most recent ATP Rankings.