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Anderson into third round to meet Berdych… again!

In-form Kevin Anderson is through to the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open in Spain after a hard-fought win over Juan Monaco on Wednesday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Currently ranked 27th in the world, Anderson won 7-6 (5) 3-6 6-4 to go through to the next round.

Last month he celebrated his highest ATP Tour ranking to date when he climbed to 26th spot.

Against Argentininian Monaco, a player ranked eight positions higher than him, Anderson needed two hours and 24 minutes to clinch the win and he had to fight back from a break in the third set.

He came up with eight aces to Monaco’s two and had three double faults against him. His first service percentage was 62% compared to Monaco’s 75% but he won 76% of points up for grabs on his first service.

It’s been a good year for Anderson as he ended up runner-up in Sydney in January, raced the Indian Wells quarter-finals in the US and then played his first clay-court final last month, in Morocco.

His head to head record with Monaco is now all square at one apiece after he lost to him in the US clay-court championships last year. His reward for victory is yet another meeting with Thomas Berdych.

The Czech player is an opponent that Anderson is yet to beat in no less than six clashes since early last year.