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Anderson takes on Hanescu in China
- Updated: October 7, 2013
Ranked 20th in the world, our leading singles player, Kevin Anderson has been drawn against Victor Hanescu in the first round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters in China this week, writes Mark Etheridge.
Anderson takes on the Romanian and will be hoping to get over a slight slump in form since wrist surgery a while ago.
Hanescu is placed 55 places below Anderson at No75 on the ATP Tour rankings and head-to-head records suggest that Anderson should go through to the second round.
The two have played four times prior to this, with Hanescu winning in Auckland and Barcelona back in 2011 before Anderson levelled matters with wins in Estoril in 2011 and then at the ATP WOrld Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Indian Wells, California earlier this year.
Should Anderson go through he’ll come up against eighth seed Stanislas Wawrinka for Switzerland.
Anderson’s also in doubles action scheduled for Monday. He teams up with Russian Dmitry Tursunov and they’ll take on wild cards Roger Federer of Switzerland and China’s Ze Zhang.
Meanwhile another South African secured more success this weekend as Raven Klaasen nearly snapped up his fourth doubles title in Belgium. Together with Eric Butorac of the US, he reached the final of the ATP Ethias Trophy Challenger.
There they lost to Dutch pair Jesse Huta Galung and Igor Sijsling in three sets, 4-6 7-6 (2) 10-7.