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Anderson beaten by Berdych… for the eighth time

Kevin Anderson has again fallen to his nemesis, this time in the round of 16 at the Rome Masters in Italy, writes Mark Etheridge.

Anderson went down to Tomas Berdych in straight sets, 7-5 6-2.

This is the eighth occasion that Anderson has failed to find the key to beating the Czech ace and has already lost the same player on four occasions this year.

His previous loss to sixth-seeded Berdych was in Madrid, Spain as recently as last week.

Anderson was up a break in the first set, just like in Madrid, but failed to take advantage. Unusually, Anderson was only able to come up with four aces to Berdych’s five and his first service percentage of 53% was definitely lower than is normal for the lanky South African.

He won 71% of points up for grabs on his first service, compared to Berdych’s 81%.Berdych blasted 25 winners and only made seven unforced errors in the 84-minute victory.

Berdych now comes up against top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia while Anderson heads to Paris for his French Open preparations.


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