South Africa's Kevin Anderson ended off 2017 with a trophy at the World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Martin Dokoupil/BackpagePix

South Africa's Kevin Anderson is on the verge of returning to the elite of world tennis as he hovers just outside the latest top 10 rankings which the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) released on Monday.

Given a superb string of wins in the latter half of 2017, the 31-year-old Anderson has moved into an 11th slot (from 14th) on the latest world rankings. He is fast closing in on his career-high world ranking of 10, achieved in October 2015.

ATP World Tour Rankings Top 20 (as at Monday, 8 January 2018):

1 Rafael Nadal
2 Roger Federer
3 Grigor Dimitrov
4 Alexander Zverev
5 Dominic Thiem
6 Marin Cilic
7 David Goffin
8 Jack Sock
9 Stan Wawrinka
10 Pablo Carreno Busta
11 Kevin Anderson (+3)
12 Juan Martin del Potro (-1)
13 Sam Querrey
14 Novak Djokovic (-2)
15 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
16 John Isner (+1)
17 Nick Kyrgios (+4)
18 Lucas Pouille
19 Andy Murray (-3)
20 Tomas Berdych (-1)

Leading SA singles rankings:

11 Kevin Anderson 
291 Lloyd Harris 
325 Nicolaas Scholtz 
715 Ruan Roelofse 

Leading SA double rankings: 

25 Raven Klaasen
143 Ruan Roelofse 
287 Kevin Anderson 
513 Nicolaas Scholtz  

African News Agency (ANA)