The other giant that will be on the court in tomorrow’s semi-final in Atlanta, the world’s top South African player, 6’7 Kevin Anderson (above), who partnered to win the doubles national championship with Ryan Rowe.  Anderson played for the University of Illinois, and was a three time all America.  Frankly, he may be the college player to join the ranks of the pros with the most upside since a young James Blake.

Anderson is a shot maker, and in representing his country in Davis Cup and Olympic play, he’s gotten extra exposure to long, pressure filled matches.  At 6’7, his serve is immense, and comes from a sick angle.  I would say tomorrow’s match will be very close, go to a few tiebreakers or at least one, and could be won by Anderson, a very good hard courter.  If not mistaken, I believe both players can claim the accomplishment in having gone to the finals of their very first tournament.  Roddick was too much for Isner in the Washington final that concluded a dream run in which he beat Gael Monfils, among others.  For Anderson, it was a loss to Sam Querrey in Las Vegas, which amounted to Sam’s first ever title.

Both players like short points, attack the net, and have pretty good hands.  And whereas Isner is big off the forehand, Anderson is really pretty big off both sides, and may be a little more mobile than the sometimes lumbering Isner.  I’d say Anderson has more of a tennis build.

Look for a very entertaining match.

–Crack (