Anderson honoured to share court with Nadal

Cape Town - Kevin Anderson says it was an "honour" to play his first Grand Slam final against world No 1 Rafael Nadal.

Anderson lost in straight sets to the Spanish star on Sunday, which saw Nadal win his third US Open and 16th Grand Slam title overall.

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Anderson, 31, is the first South African to make the US Open final in tennis' Open era which started in 1968. In 1965. SA-born Cliff Drysdale made the final of the US National Championships (as the US Open was previously termed).

The Johannesburg-born 6-foot-8 Anderson was looking to become the first South African to win a Grand Slam singles title since Johan Kriek won the 1981 Australian Open.

Anderson took to Twitter to thank the 16-time Grand Slam winner for sharing the stage with him: