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Anderson motors into Masters fourth round

It just gets better and better for our top-ranked tennis player Kevin AndersonÔǪ after beating the world’s fourth-ranked player, David Ferrer on Saturday, he was at it again in California on Monday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Anderson beat Spain’s Ferrer in three sets at the weekend and on Monday marched into the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Masters in Indian Wells by┬á beating Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen.

The lanky South African won in straight sets, 6-3 6-1 and the 37th-ranked player now awaits the winner of the all-French clash between tournament 13th seed Gilles Simon and Benoit Paire.

Anderson’s high-powered game once again served him well and he won the aces battle 5-1. Also impressive was the fact that he won 96% of points on his first service.

It’s the third time that the two have played each other and Anderson’s victory means he’s now 3-0 ahead. Their last meeting was in the Swiss Indoors in Basl last year where Anderson also won in straight sets.

After his best Grand Slam performance to date at the Australian Open in January, where he reached the fourth round, Anderson took time out to have surgery on his elbow. But, speaking to BNPParibasOpen.com website, Anderson said afterwards it wasn’t hampering him too much: “I think it’s important after a win like Ferrer to try and capitalise on your opportunity. The conditions are playing really nicely I feel. The balls are bouncing up. I think that suits my game nicely. I think I’m moving. I’m giving myself time from the baseline. I’m feeling healthy.

“My elbow is getting better with each match. I was really happy with how it felt today. I was almost painfree the whole match, so that’s a positive sign.
“The easier thing about having elbow surgery, opposed to something like knee surgery, is I was still able to do quite a bit of stuff during the three or four weeks. I was working a lot on movement and was able to hit forehands and backhands early on, almost 10 days after the surgery. Everything else in my game was feeling good except the serve and constructing points. I think playing Delray Beach assisted with that. Obviously, the fourth round here is a good result and it’s great being where I am right now.

“Experience is a valuable asset, and something that just comes over time. I have felt I have had good starts in previous couple years, and this year I feel another good start. I felt I was playing some good tennis at the end of last year and carried that onwards. I had a good off season, and started the year physically strong. Additionally, it’s not easy changing coaches, but I am happy with the way things are working with GD [Jones], he has helped to add to my game both physically and mentally.”


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