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Anderson marches on at Paribas Masters

Kevin Anderson nailed down a place in the BNP Paribas Masters quarter-finals on Wednesday with a confident victory over Frenchman Gilles Simon in Indian Wells, California, writes Mark Etheridge.

Ranked 37th in the world, our top-ranked tennis player beat Simon, ranked 13th in the world, in three sets, 6-3 1-6 6-4.

Having reached the fourth round of the Australian Open in Melbourne earlier this year, his latest achievement sees him make the quarter-finals of an elite Masters event for the second time.

All this after having surgery after the Aussie Open to remove bone chips from his elbow.

In his match against Simon, Anderson came up trumps in the ace department with four to one and the two players matched each other in the first service percentages stakes, both at 55%. It was also pretty even in the matter of points won on first service, Anderson winning 69% and Simon 69%.

Already having beaten world No4 David Ferrer of Spain in the second round, Anderson will now face sixth seeded Thomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the quarters. Berdych is the man who stopped Anderson’s run in the Aussie Open and the South African is yet to taste success against the Czech after five encounters.