What an achievement for the South African, Kevin Anderson to reach a first grand slam final at the age of 31.

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Rafael Nadal might have heard a zealous laugh on Sunday breezing past Kevin Anderson to win the 2017 US Open but the last laugh definitely belonged to the latter.

A story of defeat, rising up again and succeeding, every young African out there must never forget Kevin Anderson and what his story teaches us. If at first you don’t succeed … just use Kevin Anderson as inspiration.

Nadal speaking about Anderson after the match expressed his inspiration from the star, “It has been a very special two weeks for me, but congratulations to Kevin. He’s a great example to a lot of kids, had a lot of tough injuries. Personally, it’s unbelievable what’s happened to me after a couple of years of injuries, playing not so good. But I’ve been playing a high level of tennis and the crowd here brings me to a higher level of energy.”

As the cameras pan, Anderson steps up to the baseline to serve his first grand final as an underdog, his ATP rankings do not even make sense now. At 31, he has achieved a great fete, reaching first grand slam final. Before this tournament he’d reached the last eight of a major only once, ranked as the world No32, and also the lowest-ranked US Open men’s singles finalist since the ATP rankings began in 1973.

The South African struggled with a series of injuries throughout the past year and saw his ranking drop to world No. 80 after missing the Australian Open at the start of the year.

Anderson, meanwhile, is a lesson in perseverance and an inspiration for the continent. The focus now is the 2018 Australian Open, where Nadal, the Peter Pan lost to Federer in the final this year.