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Anderson downs Roddick

Kevin Anderson celebrated his career-high ATP Tour ranking by dumping sixth seeded Andy Roddick out in the first round of the China Open in Beijing on Monday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Anderson started the week in 31st place on the ATP Tour rankings and his week immediately got a whole lot better as the 25-year ousted the 2008 champion in straight sets 6-4 7-5 in a match lasting 1hr 42min.

En route to victory he sent down eight aces compared to the American’s five, with double faults shared at one apiece.

It was in the first service points won that the difference really showed as Anderson had a fine 82% success rate in this department, compared to 65% by Roddick.

Anderson has fallen to Roddick, ranked 15th in the world, on two previous occasions this year, at semi-final stage of the Brisbane International early in the season (losing in three sets) and then at the AEGON Championships in London where he lost in straight sets 6-4 6-4 in the Last 16.

Anderson will now come up against Spain’s Albert Montanes who beat lucky loser Paul Capdeville of Chile who had in turn replaced Russian Nikolai Davydenko, out with a hip injury.

“I didn’t serve very well,” Roddick told the ATP Tour website. “I had lots of break points in the first set. I broke twice in the second set. If I break twice and don’t win a set, that says my serve isn’t holding up.”