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- Harris home on a high after three victories on the trot
- Golden boy Hamman on the mend after surgery
- Hartley’s Dusi buildup gathers pace
- World’s top teams head for SA
- Sunshine Ladies Tour starts fourth season in January
- Weber wins SA’s final gold medal of African Champs
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Kevin out in quarters
- Updated: October 8, 2011
Top-ranked South African Kevin Anderson went out of the China Open at the quarter-final stage on Friday.
After beating sixth seeded American Andy Roddick in the first round, Anderson went down in three sets to Croatian Marin Cilic, writes Mark Etheridge.
Cilic, ranked 25th compared to Anderson’s 31st, won 7-6 4-6 6-1 to make the semi-final.
Anderson just edged the aces battle, seven to six and his first service percentage was also better on the night 63% to 55% but Cilic proved better on second service points won.
The match, played on the Lotus Court, took two hours and 32 minutes to complete and Cilic went on to play fellow Croat player Ivan Ljubicic.
Defending champion and world No1 Novak Djokovic had to pull out of the tournament because of a back injury.
The second semi-final will be contested between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France and Czech Tomas Berdych.