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Kevin wins in Texas

Our top-ranked singles player, Kevin Anderson is through to the second round of the US Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston, Texas, writes Mark Etheridge.

Anderson, seeded fifth for the $442,500 tournament, Anderson beat 99th-ranked Joao Souza in straight sets, 6-3 6-4.

It was the first time that he’d played the 23-year-old Brazilian and he came through easily enough.

He out-aced his opponent 5-4 but then had five double faults against his name compared to Souza’s three.

His first service percentage tallied out at 54% compared to Souza’s 60% but his overall game proved too good in the final analysis.

Next up for Anderson, who started the week ranked 33rd on the ATP list,  is a match against American Sam Querrey in the second round. Querrey came through against Frenchman Eric Prodon in straight sets 6-1 6-4.

Anderson has a 5-3 win record against Querrey and won their last encounter at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Miami last year. But he’ll need to be wary as Querrey won their only clay court clash, in Rome two years ago.