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Now for Novak…

There was good news and bad news for our top-ranked Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

The good news was that he overcame the tricky challenge of Ukrainian Illya Marchenko in a protracted first round clash the bad news? His next assignment is a toughie against the in-form Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the second round, writes Mark Etheridge.

Anderson’s match against Marchenko had been interrupted by bad light on Tuesday evening, Anderson holding a 2-1 set advantage but trailing 3-5 in the fourth set. He went on to lose that set 4-6 but when the two returned to their Court Five clash, he needed less than 30 minutes to wrap up a 6-7 7-6 6-4 4-6 6-1 win in a match that lasted just over three and a half hours.

The lanky Anderson’s service was once again his lethal weapon as he thundered down 18 aces to Marchenko’s six and he had a first service percentage of 74% compared to his rival’s 60%.

A worrying factor once again was Anderson’s high count of unforced errors 45 to Marchenko’s 37 and he will have to tighten up in that department if he is to stop a rampant Djokovic who disposed of Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in straight sets on Wednesday.

Meanwhile our top-ranked women’s player, Chani Scheepers, was dumped out of the first round on Wednesday, going down in straight sets 6-3 7-5 to Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina. The match lasted 90 minutes out on court 11 and despite having a better first service percentage as well as winning percentage on first serve, Scheepers was unable to prevail, making 22 unforced errors to Rodina’s 14.

Thursday sees Rik de Voest in second round action against Chile’s Fernando GonzalezÔǪ while doubles 11th seeds, Wesley Moodie and Belgium’s Dick Norman open their campaign. Anderson is also in the doubles competition, teamed up with Austria’s Julian Knowle.