Other sport 5.2.2014 06:00 am

Anderson looks to top Berdych

Kevin Anderson. Image courtesy of Facebook

Kevin Anderson. Image courtesy of Facebook

Kevin Anderson’s newly appointed coach, Neville Godwin, says the SA No 1 should be more focussed on making minor adjustments to his game than turning the tables on Czech nemesis Tomas Berdych.

Anderson, ranked 22nd in the world, has been eliminated by world No 7 Berdych in five of the last nine Grand Slam tournaments.

“If we can get Kevin into the top 16 in the world, he will not need to worry about meeting Berdych (in early rounds of Grand Slams),” Godwin said yesterday.

Godwin was approached by Anderson in December, and if all goes well during a three-month trial period, he will stay on as Anderson’s mentor for the remainder of the 2014 season.

“There are a few small things I think he can do a bit better,” Godwin said.

“We’ll keep looking at ways to shorten points and to make him more threatening against his opponents.”

Anderson has been criticised in recent years for not making himself available for the Davis Cup, citing the loss of ranking points and income for his absence from the international team competition, but Godwin backed his
charge’s decision to focus on the ATP Tour.

“I have not discussed it with him yet but he’s always maintained that he will look at it on a tie by tie basis,” said Godwin, who turned out in four Davis Cup ties for South Africa between 1999 and 2001.

“I did not play every Davis Cup tie during my career, and I know even Wayne Ferreira did not play every tie, so I think we should leave it up to him to make his own decisions,” Godwin added.

 

 

 

 

 

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