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Kevin goes down fighting
- Updated: March 31, 2011
Kevin Anderson’s great run of form came up short against world No2 Novak Djokovic at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida on Wednesday evening.
He may have gone down in straight sets, 6-4 6-2, but he went down fighting and the quarter-final match was way closer than that scoreline suggests, taking an hour and 48 minutes, writes Mark Etheridge. The top-ranked South African will take plenty out of this match in the year ahead and there’s no doubting that next week’s latest ATP Tour world rankings will see him moving up to a career-best.
Djokovic’s victory means he has improved to a 22-0 record and he is now all-square in his two clashes with the towering Anderson who beat him here in the second round back in 1988.
Uncharacteristically Anderson was out-aced on this occasion, sending down just four compared to the Serb’s six while the double fault count was shared at 2-2. First serve percentage was ever so close, with Djokovic just one point ahead with 66% to 65%.
Anderson could only save one out of four break points while Djokovic had a 100% record saving all five of the breakpoints against him.
Djokovic now plays American Mardy Fish in the semi-finals, his third semi-final in Miami, having won the title in 2007 and finishing as the runner-up in 2009..
He later paid credit to Anderson at the post-match press conference.┬á ÔÇ£It was anything but easy. The result doesn’t show what we had on the court definitely. I kind of expected him to be aggressive, but he was really going for the shots. He was really putting a lot of pressure on me. A lot. His serve was exceptionally well and hard to read.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£In the second set I found that momentum, but I went through situations where I faced couple of breakpoints in the first and second set, and I saved them,ÔÇØ said Djokovic. ÔÇ£I was fortunate in those moments. If he broke me, who knows in which direction the match would go.ÔÇØ