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Kevin into semis
- Updated: March 3, 2012
Kevin Anderson had one of the biggest victories of his burgeoning career late on Friday, beating fourth-seeed Andy Roddick to blast through to the semi-finals of the Delray Beach International tennis tournament, writes Mark Etheridge.
Roddick had three match points but failed to convert any of them and Anderson, seeded seventh for this tournament, went on to win a thrilling three-setter 2-6 7-6 (11-9) 6-4. Roddick is currently ranked 30th on the ATP list, six spots higher than Anderson.
Victory means that he now faces top seed and just as big a server as himself, John Isner in the semi-final.
Anderson out-aced his American opponent to the tune of 11-8 and despite his first service percentage only coming in┬á at 47% to 66% he had a better winning percentage on both his first (77% to 71%) and second services (59% to 50%).
“There’s not often I can look back at my career and say a serve lost me the match,” Roddick said. “But, today, that was the case. “I’ve made a career of getting my first serves in.”
Despite the loss, Roddick feels his game is getting into better shape after dealing with a right hamstring and right ankle injury this season.
“I played OK this week,” Roddick said. “I returned a little bit better. I flowed a little bit better than a week ago. It’s just a matter of getting my percentage better on my serve.”
Anderson has met Isner on five previous occasions and despite the lanky American being 3-2 up victories, Anderson will take heart from the fact he has beaten Isner on their most recent match-up. That came last year in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Miami when he won 6-3 7-6 in the round of 16.
Isner is currently ranked one spot outside the world’s top 10. Reaching the semi-final will certainly see Anderson moving up the rankings on Monday. His current career high is 30th.