Kevin Anderson, the No. 7 seed from South Africa by way of the University of Illinois, built on victories over Andy Roddick and John Isner to win the Delray Beach International title here with a solid 6-4, 7-6 (2) win over Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic.
To say that Anderson's time at Illinois was a love affair seems something of an understatement. Cheering from courtside was Kelsey Anderson, his bride of three months, who works as an auditor in Chicago and played on the Illini golf team.
Kelsey was giving her man a backrub in the players' lounge before he went on court and, if that wasn't exactly the secret to his success, it did no harm for this 6-foot-8 giant who withstood a tough examination from the extroverted, hard-hitting Matosevic who had won 12 straight matches before falling one short of his first ATP title.
For Anderson, it was his second title success on the tour after he won on home soil in Johannesburg last year. On this week's evidence, he is a better play...