The on court rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Kevin Anderson, who will take on each other in the US Open final on Sunday, has started way back in 1998.
Nineteen years ago, the Spaniard and the South African met in the final of an under-12 event at Stuttgart, Germany.
After turning pro in 2001 and 2007 respectively, Nadal and Anderson squared off four times and the former won on all occasions.
Anderson (born 18 May 1986) is a South African professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 32 in men’s singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Born in Johannesburg, but a long-time resident of the United States, Anderson is his country’s leading tennis player by a country mile.
He became the top-ranked male South African player on 10 March 2008 after making the final at the 2008 Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas. He achieved his career-high ranking of World No. 10 on 12 October 2015. He is also the first South African to be ranked in the top 10 since Wayne Ferreira was No. 10 on 5 May 1997.
On Sunday, he will be the first South African in the US championship match since Cliff Drysdale lost to Manuel Santana in 1965.
This will be Anderson and Nadals fifth clash in their career and even though the majority indicate another win for Nadal, South Africans across the globe are backing Anderson all the way.