Would Kevin Anderson Have Won?

davced1

Hall of Fame
No. Anderson has a solid 7-2 h2h overall vs Thiem with one win coming in 2017 but a devastating 0-6 h2h with Zverev with three of those losses coming in 2017. Zverev in 4.
 

FD3S

Hall of Fame
Probably not, but zoning big servers always have at least a puncher's chance. Also, it's hard not to discount the added scrutiny that either Thiem or Zverev would have faced against Anderson as the overwhelming favorite; comparatively less pressure made Thiem tight as a drum until the third set of the final and nearly sent Zverev home against PCB in the semis.
 

TTMR

Hall of Fame
No. Anderson has a solid 7-2 h2h overall vs Thiem with one win coming in 2017 but a devastating 0-6 h2h with Zverev with three of those losses coming in 2017. Zverev in 4.
Aside from the first set and a half yesterday, 2017 Zverev was far better than 2020 Zverev. Anderson would have been a strong matchup against either.
 

TTMR

Hall of Fame
He lost to Zverev US Open R128 just two weeks ago, oh the irony!
Not really. Anderson is old now and not what he was 2 or 3 years ago. He's an example of a weak finalist and Nadal pigeon that people love to point out to undermine Nadal's US Open achievements on this forum. But that KA would have been a force to be reckoned with considering yesterday's display.
 

merlinpinpin

Hall of Fame
Not really. Anderson is old now and not what he was 2 or 3 years ago. He's an example of a weak finalist and Nadal pigeon that people love to point out to undermine Nadal's US Open achievements on this forum. But that KA would have been a force to be reckoned with considering yesterday's display.
Are you really asking whether the guy who was beaten in R1 by the losing finalist, whom everyone agrees played a dismal tournament except for the first two sets of the final, could have won the whole thing?

Kind of like asking whether Hanfmann could have won RG 2019 after being thrashed 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 by Thiem in R1. And I guess the only answer is, of course it's possible. Everything is. And Nadal must be thanking all the gods from the known and unknown universes that he didn't get to play Hanfmann in the final.

You're welcome.
 
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