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Estoril exit for Kevin

Kevin Anderson has gone down in the quarter-finals of the Estoril Open in Portugal after a brave fight on the Complexo Tenis Estadio Nacional clay surface.

Seeded seventh for the tournament, the top-ranked South African went down in three sets to Fernando Verdasco, writes Mark Etheridge.

The Spaniard came up trumps in three sets after Anderson had taken the first set on a tie-break 7-6 (2). Verdasco then came back to take the next two sets 6-2 6-3 in a match lasting 2hr 35min.

Anderson won the aces count 5-3 and wasn’t double-faulted at all while Ferdasco had just one double fault of his own.

Verdasco had a first service percentage of 84%, better than Anderson’s 71%. The Spaniard also won more points on his first serve, 72%c ompared to Anderson’s 63%.

Second seeded Verdasco went on to play Canada’s Milos Raonic in the semi-final and progressed through to the final after the fifth seed retired at 0-0 in the second set with lower back pain, having lost the first 6-4.