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- Updated: April 19, 2011
Top-ranked Kevin Anderson is into the second round of the Barcelona Open in Spain after beating Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas.
Anderson, currently ranked 35th in the world, after a recent career-high ranking of 33rd, came through in three sets on the clay surface, 7-5 3-6 6-4.
Despite the slow nature of the surface, Anderson still prevailed in the aces count, with six to five with double faults recorded as 2-1 in the match that lasted 2hr 19min.
Cuevas is ranked 62nd in the world and it was the first time that the two had met on any surface.
Seeded 14th for this tournament, Anderson now faces Romanian Victor Hanescu in the second round. Hanescu beat Finnish qualifier Jarkko Niemenin in the first round. Should Anderson go past 66th ranked Hanescu, he faces a possible clash against fourth seeded Spaniard David Ferrer in the quarters of the $1,995,000 tournament.