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Anderson into second round of ‘home’ tournament

Our top-ranked tennis player, Kevin Anderson had a ‘home’ win in the first round of the Delray Beach Open on Tuesday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Anderson, who moved one position back up the ATP Tour rankings to 21st in the latest rankings released on Monday, took on American Tim Smyczek in the opening round of the $474,000 tournament in California.

Seeded fourth for the tournament, which takes place on his doorstep and where he is a previous winner, Anderson dropped the first set 4-6 to the 105th ranked player.

But his service game was working well and with 11 aces to two, he took the next two sets 6-1 and 6-3.

Anderson also beat Smyczek at this tournament last year, only needing two sets on that occasion.

He now comes up against Ivo Karlovic, the giant Czech who at 2.11m tall is one of the few men taller than Anderson. Karlovic is currently ranked 56th in the world, some way down from the 14th spot he once held back in 2008.

The two have only met on two occasions, on hard court in Bogota, Colombia last year where Karlovic won and then at Queens’ in 2011 when Anderson won on grass.


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