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Anderson downs world’s No4 Ferrer in US
- Updated: March 10, 2013
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson continued his fine 2013 when he beat fourth-seed Davd Ferrer in the second round of the BNP Paribas Masters in California on Saturday.
Anderson, our top-ranked singles player, made the fourth round of the Australian Open in Melbourne earlier this year before undergoing minor surgery in February to remove bone fragments in his elbow.
Ferrer is ranked fourth in the world, and was playing his first match of the combined ATP Masters and WTA Tournament, in which the 32 men’s and women’s seeds receive first-round byes.
The Indian Wells victory took an hour and 55 minutes and Anderson fired down six aces compared to his Spanish opponent’s two. His first service percentage was 61% and he won 70% of points on his first service.
ÔÇ£It was fantastic,ÔÇØ said Anderson. ÔÇ£Obviously David is a great player, and especially in the past few years he’s really stepped it up. Beating a Top 5 in the world player is always a great feeling, and especially somebody like David who doesn’t go away. I mean, he fights for everything; doesn’t give you everything. I felt I earned the win today.ÔÇØ
And Ferrer had no excuses for his defeat, saying the 37th-ranked Anderson just played better. “He played good in important moments,” said Ferrer, who was unable to convert two break opportunities in the ninth game of the second set.
“He played more aggressive, more consistent than me. And in the third set I was a little bit tired and he was better than me.”
In the third round, Anderson will face Jarkko Nieminen. The 31-year-old Finn is ranked 57th in the world and ousted another seeded Spaniard, 29th-ranked Fernando Verdasco 6-1 6-0.