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Kevin Anderson is through to his fourth quarter-final of the season after winning his third round clash at the AEGON Championships in London on Thursday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Seeded ninth for the tournament, Anderson overcame fifth speed Feliciano Lopez in two tight sets, shading the Spaniard 7-6 (10) 7-6 (7).

Anderson was on top of his service game once more with 18 aces compared to his opponent’s two while his first service percentage read 78%.

The match was played on Court One and Anderson needed an hour and 41 minutes to wrap up the win.

The lanky South African has already won on tour this year, winning the Delray Beach International in California.

It’s the first time that he’s reached the quarter-finals at The Queen’s Club in five attempts.

He now comes up against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-finals after Dimitrov beat Nicolas Mahut of France in two sets. The two have met on three previous occasions with Anderson holding a 2-1 lead. Anderson won their first mach, a Challenger clash, in Italy three years ago. Last year Dimitrov won at Eastbourne but this year Anderson came out tops in three sets when they met in San Jose.

Dimitrov is currently ranked 32nd on the ATP Tour rankings compared to Anderson’s 30th.


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