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Kevin into quarter-finals
- Updated: March 30, 2011
Kevin Anderson is gathering momentum in Miami. Last night he moved into the quarter-finals of the Sony Eriksson Open in Florida with yet another impressive victory.
This time he came out on tops against American John Isner in a battle of the big servers. Two of the tallest men on the ATP Tour circuit they are also two of the more impressive servers, writes Mark Etheridge.
Anderson went through in straight sets though, triumphing 6-3 7-6 (4) against the 30th seed, in a match that only took 1hr 42min.
For a change it was Anderson who was on the receiving end of the aces count. Isner fired down 12 to his six and Anderson also had two double faults.
First service percentage was pretty even with Anderson just ahead with 68% compared to Isner’s 61% but in terms of first service points won Anderson had an 88% record to Isner’s 61%. Anderson also won 81% of all service points.
It’s Anderson’s first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final and the South African is certainly going to move up the rankings next week after the world’s 40th ranked player went past 24th seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain and now Isner.
It doesn’t get any easier though and he now faces second seed Novak Djokovic in the quarters. The Serb is unbeaten this season with a 21-0 record and indeed, unbeaten in 23 matches stretching back into 2010.
But Anderson will take heart that in the head-to-head match-up, Anderson is on the victorious front, having beaten Djokovic in their only match to date, at this same tournament when he beat Djovkovic, the defending champion at the time, in the second round 7-6 3-6 6-4.
ÔÇ£I will have an opportunity to get my revenge in the same court where I lost in 2008,ÔÇØ Djokovic told the tournament website last night. ÔÇ£But he keeps on playing really well on these courts, and you’ve got to give him credit for that.┬áHe beat some very good players.┬áBig serve, very aggressive. So tomorrow night we are going to play where conditions are going to be a little bit slower, which I guess is a little bit better for me.ÔÇØ