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Kevin out in semis

Kevin Anderson’s run at the Erste bank Open ended in Vienna on Saturday as he went down to Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro in the semi-finals, writes Mark Etheridge.

While Anderson had reached his third ATP semi-final of the season it was the second-seeded Del Potro who has now reached his third final of the season.

Del Potro, ranked 15th in the world, beat the 32nd ranked Anderson in three sets, 6-4 3-6 6-4 and will now play top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in the final.

It was a match full of aces, second-seeded Anderson being edged 17-18 while Anderson also had three double faults. There wasn’t much between the two when it came to other service statistics and it was a hard-fought battle for the 2hr 13min the two were out on court.

Del Potro has now won on both occasions he has met the lanky South African.

Del Potro dropped just two points on serve in the opening set. He converted his first match point on Anderson’s serve.

“I haven’t played in a final since Estoril, so it means a lot to me,” said Del Potro. “I was focused as I kept trying to break his serve, and I did in the last game of the match.”
Del Potro is now looking ahead to win his third trophy of the season, having triumphed in Delray Beach, US (beating Janko Tipsarevic as well as Anderson along the way) and Estoril, Portugal (beating Fernando Verdasco).