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Kevin into quarters
- Updated: February 25, 2011
Kevin Anderson blasted past Florent Serra and into the quarter-finals of the Delray Beach International tournament in California on Thursday.
Ranked 40th in the world, our best singles player needed only 54 minutes to whip the Frenchman in straight sets 6-1 6-4, writes Mark Etheridge. There was only time for six aces on this occasion, compared to the 22 he fired down in his first round victory over American Donald Young.
The two opponents shared the double-fault count at two apiece but Anderson’s first service percentage was a whole lot more impressive, ending at 73% compared to Serra’s 39%.
Anderson, seeded fifth for the tournament, now goes on to play Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals. The Argentinian is ranked 126 positions below Anderson as he recovers from wrist surgery last year. Ranked as high as fourth in the world early in 2010, he slumped drastically to a low of 484 earlier this year before marching back up the rankings. In the rankings released earlier this week he climbed 132 positions.
On Thursday Del Potro easily dismissed the challenge of Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili, winning 6-1 6-1 although he took longer than Anderson to finish off his opponent
Del Potro and Anderson have yet to play each other at any level of the game and Anderson will be hoping to take advantage of the fact that the 2009 US Open champion is not back to his best.