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Kevin goes down fighting
- Updated: January 8, 2011
By Mark Etheridge
Our top-ranked tennis player, Kevin Anderson put up a worthy fight before bowing out in the semi-finals of the Brisbane International in Australia on Saturday.
Anderson, unseeded for the tournament, went out to second seed and world No 8, Andy Roddick in a three-set match that would have given him great encouragement for his 2011 season.
Ranked 61st in the world but sure to move up next week, the big-serving South African had the pleasure of taking a set off his illustrious American opponent as he went down 6-2 4-6 6-2. It was the first time in the tournament that Roddick had dropped a set.
Anderson was actually beaten in the ace statistics on this occasion, sending down 13 to Roddick’s 15 and also dishing up four double faults to Roddick’s one in a match that lasted seven minutes shy of two hours.
The result means that the tournament’s first and second seeds will meet in Sunday’s final after Swede Robin Soderling defeated a fast finishing Radek Stepanek in straight sets 6-3 7-5.