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Anderson into final at Delray Beach Open
- Updated: February 23, 2014
Our top-ranked Kevin Anderson has booked his berth in the final of the Delray Beach Open tennis tournament in California.
The fourth-seeded South African will take on Croatian Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final.
That, after he had beaten American qualifier Steve Johnson in straight sets, 6-2 6-4.
Cilic continued his recent run of sizzling form by overpowering John Isner 7-6 (7-5),6-3 in a late-night showdown, reports Reuters.
Seventh seed Cilic made it through to a third final in as many weeks when he emerged victorious in a battle of big servers against American Isner in a rain-delayed semi-final that did not start until close to midnight on Saturday.
Fourth seed Anderson had no such delays in the first semi and was on and off the court in a flash after easing past a nervous Steve Johnson in the afternoon in south Florida.
Anderson, the 2012 champion, and who lives in Delray Beach, broke in the first game and never looked back as he held serve easily throughout. “Getting that break was really key for me,” Anderson said.
“I’ve always enjoyed playing here. The surface is one I enjoy playing on.”
Johnson admitted to nerves: “I was definitely a little uptight out there,” said the former U.S. collegiate champion, who could make no headway against his opponent’s serve and never even held a break point.
“I think if I’d won that first game it would have changed the whole course of the match. But credit to him, he played a good game and returned very well today.”