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Anderson ousted from singles, doubles in China
- Updated: October 10, 2013
Not even an impressive 21 aces were enough to see Kevin Anderson through to the third round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Wednesday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Our top-ranked player at 20th on the ATP Tour world rankings, had to play second fiddle to Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka, who himself had a double-figures tally of aces (14).
Seeded eighth for the tournament, Wawrinka won in three sets, 6-4 3-6 7-5 (5).
Despite a better first service percentage of 67% compared to 52%, Anderson proved less effective in terms of points won on first serve, being beaten 81% to 71% in that regard. It was the same story on the second service points won (67-52% in favour of the Swiss).
Wawrinka next meets Canadian Milos Raonic after the 10th seed had beaten Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in three sets.
There was also little joy for Anderson in the doubles competition as him and Russian Dmitry Tursunov went down in straight sets, 6-2-61 to Swiss legend Roger Federer and Chinese partner Ze Zhang in the first round.