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Kevin beaten in Memphis

Top-ranked South African Kevin Anderson went down in a tight three-setter in the first round of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis, United States on Monday.

Anderson, who recently moved up to his highest ranking yet (40th), went out to American qualifier Robert Kendrick, ranked 110th on the ATP Tour rankings, in a match lasting 2hr 33min.

In a match that featured two big servers, the winner of the recent South African Open went out 7-5  3- 6 6-7 (4) in the $1.1-million tournament.

Seeded eighth for the tournament Anderson thundered down 20 aces compared to Kendrick’s 13 and the two shared the double-fault count at three apiece.

There was some consolation for Anderson as he teamed up with Australia’s Ashley Fisher in the doubles competition to beat the US/Slovakian combination of Travis Parrott and Filip Polasek 6-3 4-6 10-8 in the first round. They’ll now come up against second seeds John Isner and Sam Querrey in the next round.