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Top-ranked South African Kevin Anderson made up for third-round defeat in last week’s Legg Mason Classic in Washington D.C by beating world No4 Andy Murray in Canada on Tuesday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Playing in the $2.4-million hard-court Rogers Cup in Montreal, Anderson shocked the defending champion in straight sets, 6-3 6-1.

In a second-round match lasting just nine minutes longer than an hour, Anderson out-aced Murray with a tally of 5-3 and also fared better in the double-fault department, only having two compared to Murray’s five.

Also, his first service percentage of 65% was significantly better than Murray’s 48% and he also won 87% of his first service points compared to Murray’s 68%.

Anderson, who moved back up two positions to 35th on the ATP Tour world rankings this week,┬á beat Spain’s Pablo Andujar 6-4 6-4 in the first round while Murray had a first round bye.

Anderson now faces a possible match-up against World No 17 Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland or American qualifier Michael Russell in the third round.

Murray was defending champion as well as having won in 2009 and was at a loss to explain his defeat. He told the ATP website: “Sometimes you can make mistakes with your preparation, but I’ve done pretty similar stuff to what I’ve always done coming in here. It’s just a really bad day. It’s happened to me a couple times this year and also last year, as well.

“I just felt very slow. Today I couldn’t get anything going. I started both sets really, really badly which doesn’t help against someone that serves like Kevin. Every time he came to the net, I was a bit late getting to the ball. I was getting behind very early in all of the rallies and didn’t move particularly well.”


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Wendy
Wendy

Hi Mark - you were fast with putting up this story! I watched the match last night and must say that Murray really played very badly indeed. But well done to Kevin who not only took his chances but upped his own game considerably.