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Kevin Anderson took three sets before moving through the quarter-finals of the US Clay Court Championships in Houston, Texas on Friday, writes Mark Etheridge.

The fifth-seeded Anderson beat American Sam Querrey 7-6 (3) 3-6 7-6 (2) to move into the quarters. His win avenges last year’s clay-court loss to Querrey at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Miami, Florida.

The two were out on court for two hours and 42 minutes before Anderson sealed the match with a 7-2 win in the third set tiebreaker.

Anderson fired down 13 aces compared to Querrey’s 11 but had seven double faults to his opponent’s four.

Should Anderson win this tournament it will be his second trophy in 2012 after he won the Delray Beach International. He also won the SA Open in Johannesburg last year.

Anderson now comes up against Juan Monaco in the quarter-final after the fourth seed got past Japanese opponent Tatsuma Ito in straight sets 6-3 6-3. It’s Monaco’s third quarter-final of the year.

Currently ranked 16th on the ATP list compared to Anderson’s 33rd, he has never come up against our top-ranked singles player.


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