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Kevin into 3rd round

Kevin Anderson moved into the third round of the AEGON Championships in London on Wednesday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Seeded ninth for the tournament Anderson moved past Sergiy Stakjovsky when his Ukraine opponent retired in the third set.

Until that stage Anderson had taken the first set 7-6 (5), dropped the second and was down 3-4 in the decide when Stakjovsky retired.

Anderson won the aces battle 12-5 but had the worrying aspect of eight double faults against him.

He’ll now take on fifth seeded Felize Lopez of Spain in the third round.

Anderson is also in action in the doubles competition and him and India’s Leander Paes are scheduled to play the French combination of Julien Benneteau and Nicholas Mahut on Thursday.

Meanwhile in the AEGON Classic women’s tournament in Edgbaston, our Natalie Grandin had a first round win in the doubles. She and Czech partner Vladimira Uhlirova beat Georgian couple Liga Dekmeijere and Anna Tatishvili 6-3 6-7 (10-7).

Then in the AEGON Challenger event in Nottingham our Izak van der Merwe went through to the third round with a three-set win over Russia’s Andrev Kuznetsov, winning 6-3 2-6 6-4.

But it wasn’t a great day for Davis Cup player and eighth seeded Rik de Voest who lost his second round tie to Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz 6-3 6-2 and also lost his first round doubles match. Teamed up with Slovakia’s Karol Beck he went down to Britain’s Dominic Inglot and Jonathan Marray, the third seeds 7-6 (5) 7-6 (5).


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