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Kevin out in Valencia

Kevin Anderson’s Valencia Open venture foundered in Spain on Thursday as he went down to Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in the second round, writes Mark Etheridge.

Ranked 29th in the world right now, our top-ranked singles player lost in straight sets 6-4 6-4 but it was a hard-fought affair.

The players were out on court for 1hr 31min and things were pretty even, with aces shared at four apiece as well as double-faults (two each).

Del Potro shaded the first service percentage at 57% to 55% but Del Potro edged ahead in terms of first service points won (79% to 63%).

It was a night when second seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was beaten by world No116 Sam Querrey, suffering a setback in his bid to nail down one the three remaining singles berths in the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals later this month. Querrey will now play Del Potro in the quarter-finals.

Del Potro converted three of his six break point chances and gave credit to the South African after his victory. “I played much more aggressive than yesterday,” Del Potro told the ATP Tour website. “Kevin’s a dangerous player; I needed to focus every moment of the match on my serve and take all the break points. I think that was the key and staying concentrated on my serve.”

Anderson still has business in Valencia though as he and American John Isner are in the semi-finals of the doubles competition where they play unseeded Eric Butorac (US) and Jean-Julien Roger of the Dutch Antilles.


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