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Anderson sets sights on a third ATP title
- Updated: January 11, 2013
Our Kevin Anderson saved two match points to battle past Julien Benneteau 3-6 6-4 7-6 (8) to advance to the final of the Apia International in Sydney on Friday.
The win marked Anderson’s first victory in three encounters with the Frenchman.
According to the ATP Tour website Anderson relinquished a break lead in the third set and then found himself facing match point at 5-6, advantage Benneteau. The 36th-ranked Anderson fired a second serve ace and subsequently forced a decisive tie-break. Anderson led 6-5, before Benneteau won the next two points to earn his second match point.
The defending finalist was unable to capitalise and Anderson went on to close out the hard-fought win in two hours and 23 minutes, finishing with 18 aces.
Anderson is the first South African player to reach the final in tournament history. He is seeking to win his third ATP World Tour title, looking to add to hard-court triumphs at Johannesburg in 2011 and Delray Beach, California last year.
On Saturday, Anderson will square off against third seed Andreas Seppi or Australian Bernard Tomic. Seppi is currently ranked 23rd in the world and Tomic 64th.