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Anderson’s quest for victory fails in Valencia

Kevin Anderson’s miserable run of form continued with another first round defeat in the opening round of the Valencia 500 Open tournament in Spain on Monday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Our top-ranked singles player, pictured right, has now lost seven of his eight ATP Tour matches since undergoing wrist surgery.

On this occasion he went down to the host nation’s wildcard entrant Roberto Bautista Agut in the first ever meeting of the two players.

Ranked 63rd compared to Anderson’s 20th, the Spaniard prevailed in three sets 3-6 7-6 (5) 6-3 in a match that lasted two hours and 26 minutes.

Seeded eighth for the tournament, Anderson comfortably won the battle of aces as he fired down 15 to just two by Agut. He did however have four double faults against his name to just one by Agut.

The two had identical returns in the first service percentage department, both recording a figure of 66% but Agut managed to break the lanky Anderson’s serve on two occasions in the final set.

Picture: www.tennisearth.com


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