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- Updated: January 20, 2012
Kevin Anderson waved goodbye to the Australian Open in Melbourne on Friday, beaten in the third round by seventh seeded Thomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, writes Mark Etheridge.
Anderson fought hard for the first two sets, losing out in tiebreaks on both occasions (7-5 and 7-1).
Those first two sets both took longer than an hour at 68 and 62 minutes respectively but Berdych then ran away with the third and final set, winning 6-1 in just 37 minutes.
It was a match featuring two big servers and Anderson narrowly won the battle of the aces 16 to 14. Berdych had the fastest service of the match (220km/h compared to 210km/h) and Anderson had the better first service percentage of 69% to 53%. But it was in the unforced errors department that the difference could be seen, our top-ranked singles player making 40 compared to the 28 of Berdych.
Berdych will now play either 21st seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland or Spanish 10th seed Nicolas Almagro in the fourth round.
Meanwhile our only representative left in the tournament, Natalie Grandin, went down in the first round of the mixed doubles.
Playing with Netherlands Antilles partnerJean-Julien Rojer, the couple lost 6-4 6-2 to sixth seeds Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi of India.
Grandin is still in the women’s doubles though with her and Czech partner Vladimira Uhlirova in Saturday action.