Cape Town – Kevin Anderson chances of qualifying for the year-ending ATP Finals has all but ended with his loss to Fernando Verdasco at the Paris Masters.
Anderson, the twelfth seed for the tournament, lost in three sets to the unseeded Spaniard, going down 5-7, 6-4 and 7-5 in the second round.
Going into the tournament, Anderson was in 10th position in the race to the ATP Finals with only the first eight players qualifying for the event.
In September, the big serving South African reached the US Open final, before losing 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to Rafael Nadal who claimed his 16th Grand Slam title.
Anderson, along with South African doubles specialist Raven Klaasen, has been nominated for an 2017 ATP World Tour award.
The candidates for the awards are the Top 25 players in the ATP Race To London and Top 15 teams in the ATP Doubles Race To London – as of September 11, 2017.
The tennis public can vote at the ATP website.
Voting closes on Tuesday, November 7.
Results from the ATP Paris Masters on Wednesday (x denotes seeding):
Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) bt Hyeon Chung (KOR) 7-5, 6-3
Robin Haase (NED) bt Alexander Zverev (GER x4) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
John Isner (USA x9) bt Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (11/13), 6-3
Lucas Pouille (FRA x17) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-3, 6-4
Pablo Cuevas (URU) bt Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/1), 6-2
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) bt Kevin Anderson (RSA x12) 5-7, 6-4, 7-5