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No joy for Anderson in Japan Open

Leading singles player Kevin Anderson has gone out of the first round of the Japan Open in Tokyo, writes Mark Etheridge.

Still sitting just outside the top 20 in the ATP Tour rankings, Anderson came up against the unheralded Lukas Lacko in the round of 32 at the $US1.2-million tournament.

The Slovenian is ranked only 81st on the rankings but that counted for little as he won 6-4 7-6 (2).

Big-serving Anderson, served seventh for the tournament, served an unusually low number of aces, just five compared to Lacko’s four and his first-service percentage was only 50% compared to Lacko’s 67%.

Until now the two have only met on one occasion where Anderson came up trumps at the Atlanta Championships two years ago, winning in straight sets, 6-3 6-4.

Lacko, who came into the tournament through the qualifying rounds as a lucky loser, will no play Belgian Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the second round.

Picture: tennisnow.com


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