Kevin Anderson hopes his win over Wimbledon superstar Roger Federer will serve as motivation for youngsters in South Africa.
Anderson produced arguably South Africa’s biggest upset at the grass court tournament ever when he beat the eight-time champion on Wednesday.
After losing the first two sets, Anderson fought back to win an epic five-set encounter 2-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 and 13-11.
Of the support in South Africa, the 32-year-old says: “Yeah, already gotten tons of messages from support back home.
“Obviously at this sort of event, playing against an opponent like Roger is going to have a lot of coverage.
“I really hope it’s an example of sticking to your dreams and keep believing in yourself.
“I always say I was in the same position, it’s not easy coming from South Africa, it’s very far from the tennis scene.”
He adds of the win over Federer: “I just kept on telling myself that I had to keep believing, and I kept saying that.
"Today was going to be my day’, because you really need that mindset taking the court against somebody like Roger.
“I just said, I’m down two sets to love, let me keep fighting.
“I felt I was playing better tennis, so that was motivating for me as well to keep at it.
“Facing off that match point, then getting a break the next minute, I’m like, I’ve got the third set in the bag.
“I was actually playing really high-quality tennis, having a few sniffs on his serve, almost felt my mind wondering, Well, maybe I can do this.”
Anderson faces John Isner in the semifinal on Friday, with the winner of that clash facing either Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final.
Anderson has beaten Isner three times in 11 previous meetings.