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Kevin in quarters again

Top-ranked Kevin Anderson is through to the quarter-finals of the ATP Atlanta Championships for a second consecutive year.

This after he went past American Michael Russell in the second round. The lanky South African had a bye in the first round.

Anderson triumphed in straight sets 6-1 7-5 and now takes on Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller.

Earlier this season Anderson had gone down to Muller in the opening round of the ATP World Tour Masters event in Indian Wells, California.

Ten aces saw Anderson wrapping up the win in just under an hour and a half and he now plays his sixth quarter-final of the season.

It’s been a great year for Anderson who has now moved up to 34th on the ATP World rankings list and apart from winning his first ATP World Tour title on home soil in Johannesburg in February, he also helped South Africa to a 3-1 Davis Cup victory against the Netherlands in Potchefstroom recently.

AFP quoted Anderson as saying: “This season is the result of a lot of hard work. I’m clearer on how I want to be playing. I’ve learned a lot playing higher-ranked opponents.

“The heat picked up at the start but settled down at the end,” Anderson said. “It was definitely more comfortable today than last year. But the heat is still there and you have to manage yourself. “It can get to you quickly and can take a toll. You have to keep it out of your mind.”


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