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Kevin advances in US

By Mark Etheridge

Kevin Anderson has sailed into the quarter-finals of the San Jose Open tournament in California.

Seeded sixth for the tournament, our top-ranked singles player easily accounted for young Australian Matthew Ebden in straight sets.

He needed just over an hour to advance, winning 6-1 6-2 and firing down six aces to three in the process.

While his first service percentage of 74% was slightly down on Ebden’s 80% it was in points won (69%) that the difference showed in Anderson’s favour. And the fact that Ebden was only able to win 22% of his second service opportunities also tells a story.

However it gets a whole lot harder from here on in as Anderson now faces third-seeded Milos Raonic in the quarters.

Anderson himself rated Raonic as one of the game’s future stars late last year and his appraisal was confirmed when the tall Canadian youngster was voted ATP Tour Newcomer of the Year after rocketing from 156th to 32nd in the rankings.

Raonic is currently ranked 32nd, just three spots ahead of Anderson and their clash should be a cracker, the first time they will have faced off.

Meanwhile, Anderson is still in the doubles section of the competition, him and German partner Frank Moser having accounted for the Aussie/British pairing of Paul Hanley and Jamie Murray. They beat the third seeds 6-1 6-4 in the quarters.