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Andy up next for Kevin
- Updated: June 9, 2011
Kevin Anderson powered through to the third round of the Aegon Classic tennis tournament in London on Wednesday, recording his second straight-sets win on the trot.
After seeing off the challenge of big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic in the first round he went past the promising young American Donald Young in the second round, writes Mark Etheridge.
The score was 6-2 6-4 in the top-ranked South African’s favour and it took him an hour and 12 minutes to wrap up a rain-interrupted match against the 124th ranked American
Obviously far more comfortable on the quick grass courts at the Queen’s Club, than the clay courts of Roland Garros where he was in action in the French Open recently, Anderson fired down nine aces compared to Young’s four.
Seeded 15th for this Wimbledon warm-up tournament, Anderson’s reward is a tough third round match-up against American Andy Roddick, a four-time champion at this tournament.
Anderson’s first service was solid with a 71% success rate and he won an impressive 80% of points on his first service.
Having slipped down four positions in the ATP rankings this week, to 39th spot, these two wins will help his cause and if he can get past three-time Wimbledon finalist Roddick he’ll definitely be on a fast-rising curve.
The two met earlier this year in Australia in the semi-finals of the Brisbane International, a hard-court tournament, and although Roddick prevailed in three sets 6-2 4-6 6-2 Anderson will have been heartened by the fact that he took a set off his illustrious opponent.
The two were pretty evenly matched in all departments, Roddick’s better first service points won proving the difference in the end.
Should Anderson get past Roddick he’ll face a quarter-final encounter with either seventh seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain or ninth seeded David Nalbandian of Argentina.