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Anderson into quarters
- Updated: April 28, 2011
Kevin Anderson is through to the quarter-finals of the Estoril Open in Portugal after beating Romania’s Victor Hanescu on Thursday.
It was the second time in less than a month that Anderson played Hanescu, having lost to him in the last 32 of the Barcelona Open in Spain, writes Mark Etheridge. Hanescu is ranked 61st on the ATP Tour world rankings.
Seeded seventh for the 450,000 euro tournament, Anderson beat Hanescu in straight sets 6-4 6-2 in a match lasting 1hr 24min. Anderson fired down four aces, compared to none by Hanescu. He also returned a first service percentage of 62% slightly lower than Hanescu’s 74%. Not one double fault was made by either of the two players.
Anderson will now take on either unseeded local Portuguese player Frederico Gil or second-seeded Fernando Verdaco of Spain in the quarter-finals.
In the first round Anderson had beaten qualifier Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands in the first round. De Bakker is currently ranked 81st in the world.
Currently ranked 34th in the world, the top-ranked South African tennis player won in three sets, 5-7 6-3 6-2.
Tournament top seed is Sweden’s Robin Soderling, presently ranked fifth in the world.