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Kevin toppled in Texas

Fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson went down in the quarter-finals of the US Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston on Friday.

Anderson, 33rd on the ATP World Rankings list, lost to Argentinian fourth seed Juan Monaco 7-6 (7/4) 7-5 on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the $442 500 event.

Anderson won the aces count 6-3 but also had more double faults (three to two) and his service stats were also slightly lower than Monaco.

The South American, 16th on the world rankings, will now play qualifier Michael Russell on Saturday for a berth in Sunday’s final. Russell outlasted Ryan Harrison 6-1 5-7 6-3 in an all-American quarter-final.

Monaco, ranked 16th in the world, won his fourth career ATP title, and first since 2007, last February at Vina del Mar and reached the semi-finals last month at Miami, losing to eventual winner and World No 1 Novak Djokovic.

Anderson was denied a chance for his second title in as many months after taking his second career ATP crown last month at Delray Beach, Florida. He also won the SA Open in his home town of Johannesburg last year.


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