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Easy win for Kevin

Sixteen aces helped sixth seeded Kevin Anderson through to the second round of the AEGON International tournament at Eastbourne on Tuesday.

Anderson’s power-game proved too much for British qualifier, the Ukraine-born Alexander Slabinsky and he went through in straight sets, 7-5 6-3, writes Mark Etheridge.

Proceedings on Court Two were all over in an hour and 14 minutes and Anderson only dropped six points on his serve in a one-sided match.

Slabinsky served up seven aces of his own but also double-faulted three times to Anderson’s once.

Anderson, placed 39th on the ATP Tour rankings now comes up against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in this Wimbledon warm-up tournament. The two have crossed paths once previously, Anderson coming out tops in straight sets, 6-3 6-4 in a Challenger tournament in Todi, Italy two years ago.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, beaten by Scotland’s Andy Murray in the final of the Aegon Championship at Queen’s Club, London on Monday, is seeded first tor the tournament.

Meanwhil in Wimbledon qualifying action, South African Davis Cup player Rik de Voest has one more round of qualifying to earn himself a place in the main draw. This after his win over Amer Delic from Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-4 7-6 on Tuesday. His final test will be up against Grega Zerilja from Slovenia.

Fritz Wolmarans fought long and hard in his second round match against Slovakian Lukas Lacko which went to a nail-biting three sets but it wasn’t to be his day as he was beaten 6-2 7-6 8-10.


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