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Kevin out in third round

Top-ranked SA player Kevin Anderson failed to build on his earlier win over world No4 Andy Murray and went out of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada on Thursday.

Anderson was playing for a place in the quarter-finals but 14th seeded Stanislas Wawrinka proved too good for the tall Johannesburg athlete, coming out tops in three sets 6-4 4-6 6-4, writes Mark Etheridge.

The Swiss player, ranked 17th in the world, needed 2hr 24min to oust the South African who is bidding to end the year in the ATP Tour’s Top 20 places.

After sending down five aces in the win against Murray Anderson went one better with six on this occasion, with Wawrinka hitting three of his own while the double-fault count was shared at four apiece.

Despite the six aces, Anderson’s big first services wasn’t firing on all cylinders on Thursday, and he only had a 56% first service percentage.

Wawrinka will now go on to play the world’s eighth ranked player, Mardy Fish in the quarters. Speaking to the tournament’s official website, Wawrinka complimented Anderson after his win.

“I was happy because I had a good level of tennis today against a player that was tough,” said Wawrinka. “I had a long match in three sets, but I’m playing well in this period. All the players are doing well, too, so it is a bit complicated. I need to find the weaknesses of my opponents to be able to win.”

ÔÇ£I believe Fish has been playing well during the past year and a half,ÔÇØ said Wawrinka. ÔÇ£He’s now Top 10. He won his first tournament [this season in Atlanta] and he’s playing well. He seems to be extremely fit. He serves well and moves well now. He’s able to dictate the game.ÔÇØ

Meanwhile, our third-ranked singles player continues to impress. Playing the Levene, Gouldin and Thompson Tennis Challenger in Binghamton, New York, Izak van der Merwe won his second round match against qualifier Adam El Mihdawy from the United States 6-3 7-5.

To earn himself a place in the semi-final he will face up against sixth seed Ruben Bemelmans from Belgium later on Friday.