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Kevin out in Monaco

Kevin Anderson crashed out of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters tournament in the first round of the 2.7-milllion Euros tournament in Monaco on Tuesday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Our top-ranked singles player and currently ranked 32nd in the world, Anderson lost in straight sets to Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci.

Bellucci, who occupies the 45th spot on the ATP rankings, won 6-4 6-4 in a match lasting an hour and 26 minutes on the Court des Princes clay surface.

Anderson predictably won the aces battle, 7-5 but was double-faulted on six occasions compared to just once by Bellucci.

His service wasn’t quite on song either as he had a 55% first service record compared to 62% and in terms of first-point services won, the Brazilian also came out tops, 78% to 66%.

The two are now all square in head-to-head clashes at one apiece. In their only previous match, at the US Open two years ago, Anderson came up trumps in five sets 6-7 6-4 5-7 6-4 7-6.

Bellucci now comes up against fifth seeded David Ferrer of Spain in the next round.


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