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Anderson’s Madrid moment is over
- Updated: May 10, 2013
Kevin Anderson’s moment in Madrid is over after going down for a seventh consecutive time to Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych in the Madrid Open on Thursday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Anderson went down in straight sets 7-6 (5) 7-5 to the sixth seed .
Our top-ranked player, Anderson certainly had a chance to reverse his fortunes against Berdych. On two occasions he served for the first set ÔÇô┬áat 5-4 and 6-5 and when matters went into the tiebreak he was found wanting.
Berdych needed no second invitation in the next set, breaking the lanky South African’s serve in the 11th game.
The match lasted seven minutes shy of the two-hour mark and featured a surprisingly high number of aces for a clay-court game ÔÇô 13 to Anderson and 10 to his opponent.
Berdych now goes on to face third seeded Andy Murray in the next round.