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Kevin faces top seed
- Updated: March 11, 2012
Kevin Anderson is currently celebrated his highest career ATP Tour tennis ranking after his Delray Beach International title win earlier this month, writes Mark Etheridge.
But there’ll be little time for reflection this week. Playing the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, 30th ranked Anderson has got through to the third round with raising his racquet in anger.
Thats because he had a bye in the first round and then his second-round opponent, Philip Kohlschreiber of German, was sick and Anderson advanced on a walkover.
This means that Anderson has already pocked a handy $23,291 just for reaching this stage of the competition.
But it gets as hard as it possibly could now and the 29th seeded South African comes up against top seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the third round.
Djokovic, who last his first match of the year less than 10 days ago, beat Kazakhstan’s Andrey Golubev 6-3 6-2 to set up the match against Anderson.
Djokovic is the defending champion at this tournament.
Golubev had beaten Anderson’s fellow South African, Rik De Voest 6-1 6-4 after De Voest had come through the qualifying rounds.