By Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd
The 6 foot 8 inch ace from Johannesburg became the first South African to reach the last 16 at Roland Garros since Wayne Ferreira in 1996, and the ranking points he picked up in Paris will push the world no25 closer to his goal.
But mis-match saw Ferrer, a regular top five player, brush aside the hapless South African and drop just five games with a polished 6-3 6-1 6-1.
Anderson’s agent Stuart Duguid admitted: “Kevin was unrecognisable as the player who stunned Milos Raonic in Round 3. He was simply not at the races against David Ferrer.
“But Ferrer’s performance was phenomenal. He made only 11 errors and his speed around the court were awesome.
“It’s no disgrace losing to a player ranked fourth in the world when he is in this kind of mood and with sort of placement shots.
“The plan is to adjust to grass court conditions with appearances at Queens and Eastbourne before Wimbledon.”
Anderson will achieve a his highest ever ATP Tour world ranking next week, and if he edges into the world’s top 20 intends to stay there with his general grass court skills and thumping serve from such a height expecting to cause anxiety to opponents.