KEVIN ANDERSON won a rain interrupted Liverpool International at Calderstones Park – before heading to Wimbledon and a potential third round meeting with Andy Murray.
The giant South African claimed the final seeded place at SW19, which means if he can overcome a first round clash with his Queen’s conqueror Grigor Dimitrov, then a probable meeting with the even taller Ivo Karlovic, he would face Murray for a place in the last 16.
And Anderson’s confidence will be soaring after raising the silver trophy in L18 on Saturday.
The 6ft8in South African number one beat Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko in a three-set match which went to a tie break in the third set.
Anderson, who currently has a world ranking of 30, triumphed 6-3, 1-6, 10-7. He said: “I am delighted to have won the Liverpool International title. It’s been a great event, a great warm-up for Wimbledon next week, and I’ve really enjoyed myself here.”
Tournament organiser Anders Borg added: “Huge congratulations to Anderson on picking up this year’s men’s title, as well as to Bencic who won the women’s title yesterday.
“Despite difficult weather conditions, there’s been some excellent play and both Kevin Anderson and Belinda Bencic will definitely be ones to watch now as they go on to compete at Wimbledon and in the London 2012 Olympic Games in a few weeks’ time.”
Swiss star Bencic won the women’s title – indoors at the David Lloyd Centre with rain washing out any Calderstones Park play on Friday – by beating Sacha Vickery 10-7.
Greg Rusedski won the Legends title against former Wimbldon winner Richard Krajicek.