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Anderson moves up after making Moroccan final

Despite losing the final of the Grand Prix Hassan II tournament in Morocco on Sunday, our Kevin Anderson celebrated his highest yet ATP Tour world ranking, writes Mark Etheridge.

Anderson went down to Spain’s Tommy Robredo on Sunday, losing in three sets 6-7 (6) 6-4 3-6.

But his recent form still saw him moving up three spots on Monday’s rankings to be placed 26th. His previous highest ranking was 29th in March last year.

This was Anderson’s first tour-level final on clay, not his favourite surface and it was the second final that he’d reached this year.

And that’s despite having wrist surgery early this year. He also reached the Apia International in Sydney, Australia.

ÔÇ£I thought I was in control of the match. I had a lot of chances in the first set,ÔÇØ Anderson told the ATPWorldtour.com website. ÔÇ£I played a loose game to give the break back. And then in the tie-break at 6-all, I played two loose points. I came back and did well in the second.

“In the third, I had some good momentum, but after suddenly being up, I was down a break. I gave myself some chances to get back in the match. Obviously I’m not too happy with the errors I made on those two break points.

ÔÇ£But there are a lot of positives, which is the main thing I got to look at, as disappointing as it was not to have won it. It’s a good start for me on clay. There are still a lot of tournaments.ÔÇØ

Robredo, 30, won his first clay-court title in two years after his ranking dipped from a high of No5 to 471st after a serious leg injury.


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