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Kevin out in semis
- Updated: November 6, 2011
Kevin Anderson’s Valencia Open has come to an end when he lost in the semi-finals of the doubles competition in Spain, writes Mark Etheridge.
Anderson, teamed up with American John Isner, lost to Eric Butorac and Juan-Julien Rojer of the United States and Dutch Antilles.
It was a hard-fought affair as they went down on a tiebreaker in both sets before finally succumbing 7-6 (3) 7-6 (2) in a match that lasted 1hr 26min.
Anderson and Isner won the aces battle 10-4 while first service percentage was shaded by their opponents (75% to 57%).
It was the second service success rate that saw the difference, Anderson and Isner only able to convert 58% of their second serve opportunities to the 88% of Butorac and Rojer.
Butorac and Rojer will now go on to play tournament top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan in the final.
Earlier in the week, Anderson had gone down to Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in the second round of the singles competition.