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Kevin clocks out

Kevin Anderson’s European clay-court season got off to a sluggish start when he went down to Italy’s Fabio Fognini in the first round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters on Tuesday.

The top-ranked South African player at No33 on the ATP Tour rankings, went down in a three-set encounter, losing 6-3 2-6 2-6 to the Italian, ranked 20 positions lower than him.

Predictably Anderson won the service battle, thundering down six aces compared to just one by Fognini. He also won the double-fault count, being faulted only once to the three times by his opponent.

This year’s SA Open champion’s┬á first service percentage was 68% compared to 48% by the Italian.

But the 1hr 54min encounter on the Court des Prince surface saw him winning only 28% of second service points, compared to a 68% success rate by Fognini who now goes on to play 11th seeded Serb Viktor Troicki in the second round.