Kevin Anderson made it to the finals of Wimbledon last year, losing in straight sets to Novak Djokovic in his second grand slam final. He’s back this year, and tells PodcastOne Sports Now that the experience he gained in the final match should help him as he tries to find his way back there again.
The South African tells co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg that he draws strength from last year’s run, where he came from behind to beat Roger Federer in the quarterfinals and then take a six-hour, 36-minute semifinal from John Isner that was the second longest match in Wimbledon history.
Still, Anderson said it’s a new year and a new Wimbledon tournament with a lot of unpredictability ahead. Anderson opened play Monday with a straight set win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
AP tennis writer Howard Fendrich also joins the podcast to talk about the opening days of Wimbledon, where 39-year-old Venus Williams lost in the first round.
The podcast also features a preview of the Tour de France with the AP’s John Leicester and Samuel Petrequin joining the co-hosts from France.
And, of course, there’s talk about the Fourth of July menus in Chicago and Las Vegas.