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Atlanta exit for Anderson

Giles Muller won the battle of the big-servers to secure his first ATP semi-final spot in six years at the Atlanta Championships on Friday… at the expense of top-ranked South African Kevin Anderson.

Anderson and the Luxembourg player are both renowned for their booming service and he prevailed over Anderson on this occasion, although only just, sending down 14 aces compared to Anderson’s 12.

The final score in a hard-fought match was 7-6 (3) 7-6 (3) and ended second-seeded Anderson’s hopes of making the semis.

Anderson is currently ranked 34th in the world and Muller 82nd. The match lasted just over two hours and the difference was Muller’s raising of his game in the tiebreakers. He’ll now go on to face another big-server in the shape of American John Isner in the semi-finals. Top seed Mardy Fish takes on another American Ryan Harrison in the other semi.

It’s only Muller’s third ATP Tour tournament of the year after battling with a knee injury and he was playing his first quarter-final since the 2008 US Open, where he got into the field as a qualifier and eventually lost to Roger Federer.

“This feels good after playing for so long at Challengers,” said Muller, who twice saved double break points against his serve. “It was tough serving, with the sun in your face from one side of the court.

“I know I can beat a lot of top players when I play well. The problem has always been consistency. Now that I’m in the semis, I hope I can play even better.”