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Anderson in line for another title in Casablanca
- Updated: April 14, 2013
Second seed Kevin Anderson will be aiming for a third career title on Sunday when he comes up against Tommy Robredo in the Grand Prix Hassan II final in Casablanca, Morocco.
Robredo in turn, will be aiming for his 11th career title after they both came from a set down to win their semi-finals on Saturday.
Robredo beat top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 1-6 6-3 6-2 to reach his first final since winning on outdoor clay in Santiago, Chile, two years ago.
Anderson followed up with a 2-6 6-4 6-2 win against third-seeded Martin Klizan of Slovakia and will aim for his third career title ÔÇô and first on clay ÔÇô in Sunday’s decider.
Anderson is currently ranked 29th on the ATP world rankings compared to Robredo’s 72nd and the tall South African will be fancying his chances, even on clay with his big-serving game.
They have never played each other before, which was not the case for Robredo and Wawrinka.
In their first meeting since 2008, Robredo improved to 5-1 overall against Wawrinka, having won all three of their matches on clay.
Wawrinka broke Robredo’s serve twice and did not face a single break point in the first set. But Robredo broke Wawrinka twice in the second to open up a 5-3 lead and closed out the set on serve after saving a break point.
They swapped breaks at the start of the third set, before Robredo won the next four games to take a commanding lead.
Wawrinka, the 2010 champion, finally held serve, but Robredo sealed victory on serve in the next game.
Anderson had to battle hard after losing the first set, saving five break points in the second. He opened up a 4-0 lead in the third set, before closing out the match on serve.
Anderson’s two career titles have come on outdoor hard-courts ÔÇô his previous title was last year at Delray Beach, Florida.