Beating Andy Murray 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 to reach the US Open quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows in New York is not enough for South Africa’s Kevin Anderson as he aims to battle with the top ranked players on a more regular basis.
After failing to reach the quarter-finals of a slam in seven attempts, Anderson was delighted that he was able overcome his fourth round hoodoo on his eighth attempt.
However, the South African has bigger ambitions as he wants break the top ten in the world rankings and ultimately be in the top five at some point in his career.
"'That's how I approach my tennis. Obviously I want to get to that stage," Anderson told dailymail.co.uk.
"Top 10 has been a lifelong dream for me. I feel like I'm getting closer – even top five, I think that's ultimately where I want to be.
"So we try to structure and think that way. Obviously it's a lot of tennis and a lot of wins to get there. But I feel like I've definitely been on a good run and I'm giving myself the best opportunity to get there."
As reaction to his achievement, the 29-year-old was overwhelmed with the amount of support and praise he got from friends and family.
"I turned my phone onto flight mode before," said Anderson, who is currently ranked 15th on the ATP rankings.
"It"s interesting. I think my phone kind of froze. I got so many messages. It was awesome to see all the support and actually amazing to see how many people were watching the match."
On his next opponent, Anderson will try to better his performance against Murray as he takes on Stan Wawrinka, who he has not lost to since 2013.
Despite winning their last four meetings, the big server knows that the Swiss is no walk-over and commended him for his grand slam wins.
"I think especially in the last few years, Stan has really put himself up there as one of the main contenders for slams," he added.
"I really feel he's playing some of his best tennis. To win two slams in the last year and a half is obviously a testament to that. He knows what it takes. He's been in that position. It's my first time, but I feel like I'm hitting the ball very well."