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Anderson into 4th round
- Updated: March 28, 2011
Top-ranked singles player Kevin Anderson has roared through to the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open tournament in Miami, Florida.
Anderson, ranked 40th on the ATP Tour list, accounted for dangerous Spaniard Pablo Andujar in straight sets, 6-2 6-3.
Earlier in the tournament Andujar had beaten fellow countryman and tournament ninth seed Fernando Verdasco.
Anderson’s service game was on fire with his first service percentage at 70% and he only needed an hour and 15 minutes to blast past Andujar, sending down eight aces and not being double-faulted once. Andujar had one double fault and failed to ace Anderson.
Anderson, sitting at 40th on the world rankings, now comes up against another big server in the shape of American John Isner, seeded 30th for the tournament and currently 33rd on the world rankings.
The two, who stand at 2.03 metres and 2.06 metres respectively, have come up against each on four occasions, Anderson winning their first clash back in 2008 but Isner has had the beating of the South African in their last three matches!
On the last occasion, Isner came through in three sets (6-3 6-7 6-3) in Atlanta last year.
After his latest success, Anderson took time off to share his latest success with Matt Fitzpatrick.
Miami has been your most successful ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. What is it about this tournament that brings out your best tennis?
KA: First off, I really like the court surface. The balls bounce high and that plays well into my game style. Second, players have a good amount of time to prepare for the tournament. I’ve always felt fresh when I’ve played here as there is a bit of a gap between tournaments. Overall, it’s a fun tournament hosted in a great city.
On Friday, you played doubles with Ivo Karlovic against Marin Cilic and Ivan Ljubicic. Talk about that match and the difficulty in creating and converting break point opportunities when the average height of the four of you was 6′ 7”.
KA: Yeah, it was pretty tough. I had a long singles match prior with Garcia-Lopez. I didn’t play my best, but they also returned really wellÔÇª we didn’t serve as well as we needed to and struggled a bit on return. The overall serving performance by the four of us was not as good as one would have expected.
You discussed earlier in the week about playing college tennis at Illinois. What did you benefit most from by taking this route, as opposed to playing professionally full time?
KA: It was definitely the right decision for me. It enabled me to have a base here in the States, which was helpful during the summers as I could play pro tournaments in between the college seasons. South Africa was too far away to travel back and forth. But yeah, it helped me develop physically and focus on growing and improving my game. I was able to play a lot of matches during my time there.
In February, you won your first ATP World Tour title. How special was that week, especially considering it came in your home town at the event in Johannesburg?
KA: It was a wonderful week and like you said, doing it in South Africa was twice as special. All of my friends and family were there supporting me and the win went over well with the public. It was a great tournament.