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Kevin Anderson’s run at the AEGON Championships came to an end in London on Thursday when he went down to third-seeded American Andy Roddick in the third round.

Roddick, looking for his fifth title at the Queen’s Club tournament, broke the top-ranked South African once in each set to book his place in the quarter-finals with a 6-4 6-4 win, writes Mark Etheridge.

The match-up received centre-court status and 15th-seeded Anderson was by no means disgraced against the three-time Wimbledon finalist.

Both men’s games are perfectly suited to the fast-paced grass courts and Anderson won the aces battle 13-8 in the 1hr 18min encounter.

First service percentage was evenly matched at 72 and 73% respectively and in fact the two were well-matched in all departments of the game.

It was the break points that saw the difference, Anderson not winning any of the three break point opportunities that came his way while the two that Roddick clinched saw him take the win and set up a quarter-final clash against Spain’s Fernando Verdasco.

“I thought it was solid,” Roddick said. “I had a game plan, I stuck to it. There was never going to be a lot of breaks out there today with the way we were both serving, but that’s grass-court tennis.”

“It was kind of as you would expect,” reflected Roddick on the tournament website. “He had some chances to break. He didn’t get them. I had a couple chances and I converted. That was pretty much the story of the match. Obviously we all come over here with Wimbledon ass the end goal, but I treat this tournament as separate.┬á It is preparation, but at the same time it’s still a very important tournament for me.”

Anderson’s championship is not over yet though and he’s still in the doubles competition. He and Austrian partner Julian Knowle advanced to the quarter-finals where they’ll play the fifth seeded Austrian/Polish combination of Oliver Marach and Marcin Matkowski.


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