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Anderson eases through to third round in Melbourne

Kevin Anderson has romped into the third round of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Wednesday, writes Mark Etheridge.

After fighting back to win a tough five-setter in his opening match against Czech Jiri Vesely on Monday, the top-ranked South African singles player would have been pleased with his win against Austria’s Dominic Thiem.

The lanky US based player won in straight sets, needing only an hour and 47 minutes before winning 6-4 6-3 6-4.

En route to victory he blasted 15 aces compared to the 10 of Thiem. His aces were tempered slightly by the fact that he also had five double faults.

The service game was working well for Anderson who won 83% of points available on his first serve and 64% on second service. Confident at the net, he put away 80% of the chances that came his way.

His fastest service of the match was clocked at 218km/h with his first serve averaging out at just a touch under 200km/h.

Anderson now comes up against Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the third round. The Frenchman is currently ranked 40th compared to Anderson’s 21st on the ATP Tour rankings.

The two have only faced off on two occasions and share honours at one apiece. Anderson won their first encounter, on grass at Queen’s, in straight┬á┬á sets five years ago. But Roger-Vasselin turned the table on clay at the French Open a year later when he won a five-setter that lasted just over three hours.

Meanwhile, there was another good win for South African Raven Klaasen in the first round of the men’s doubles. Partnering American Eric Butorac, Klaasen accounted for Australian tennis legends Lleyton Hewitt and Patrick Rafter in straight sets, 6-4 7-5.


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