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Kevin into another semi
- Updated: October 29, 2011
Kevin Anderson waltzed past Austria’s Jurgen Melzer to claim a semi-final spot in the Erste Bank Open tournament in Vienna on Friday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Our top-ranked singles player, Anderson beat the twice-defending champion in straight sets, 6-3 6-3 and will now play the dangerous Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in the semi-final.
Anderson who served up 12 aces in his previous match, had one less against Melzer but the third-seed could only muster four of his owen. Double faults were shared at two apiece.
The match was over almost before it began with Anderson needing just over an hour to book his spot in the semi-finals.
First service percentage was pretty even at 66% for Anderson and 65% for Melzer but it was in points won that Anderson proved the dominant force, winning an impressive 90% for points on his first serve, compared to 65% for Melzer.
It’s Anderson’s third ATP Tour semi-final of the season that has seen him become a dangerous force in the top echelon of players.
“I have to admit that the better player won today,” said Melzer, who did not get a break point. “I had no idea where he was going to serve. We had maybe five rallies in the whole match so I could not find any rhythm.”
Anderson is currently ranked 32nd in the world while Del Potro is 15th. The two met earlier in the season, their only match-up to date, and Del Potro won the tie in straight sets at Delray Beach, going on to win the tournament.
In the other semi-final Germany’s Daniel Brands comes up against top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Xavier Melisse in the semi-finals.