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Anderson rallies to claim Johannesburg crown



Johannesburg, South Africa (Sports Network) - South Africa's Kevin Anderson won his first ATP singles title Sunday, beating India's Somdev Devvarman 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in front of home fans at the SA Tennis Open.

The fourth-seeded Anderson became the first South African titlist on the ATP tour since Wesley Moodie capture the championship at Tokyo on October 9, 2005.

"There's so many emotions running round right now," Anderson said. "Not only winning a tour title, but winning it here in South Africa, is a great experience and a memory I'll have for the rest of my life."

Anderson was appearing in the second final of his career. The Johannesburg native lost to American Sam Querrey in the 2008 Los Vegas title match.

Devvarman, meanwhile, became a two-time runner-up. He was beaten by Croat Marin Cilic in the 2009 Chennai title match -- his only other singles final.

"It's disappointing that I lost, but it's exciting because I see a lot of areas in my game that can improve," Devvarman said. "So I'm going to go back to the drawing board and try and get better."

02/06 16:15:34 ET