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In-form Anderson through to another final
- Updated: March 1, 2014
Kevin Anderson will notch up another career first on Sunday by reaching back-to-back ATP finals for the first time, writes Mark Etheridge.
Last week he lost in the final of the Delray Beach Open in California and now he’s in the final of the Mexican Open.
That was after he beat Ukraine opponent Alexandr Dolgopolov in three sets, 6-1 5-7 6-4 to end his February with an 8-1 record.
Seeded fifth for the Acapulco tournament, Anderson will play giant Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the final after the latter had beaten Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.
En route to the final of the $1.4-million tournament, Anderson had seen off Stephane Robert, Sam Querry before top-seeded David Ferrer pulled out of the quarter-finals with a leg injury.
Anderson’s big-serving game was working well as he served 19 aces to Dolgopolov’s two and he also won 86% of points available on his first service.
Dimitrov goes into the final though, with a 3-1 record against Anderson and is out to win his second title after winning in Stockholm late last year.
“I’m really excited about the match I just played,” Anderson told the tournament website. “I thought I got off to a good start. It was really difficult in the second set, he was hanging in there, created a chance and took it. I was happy with the way I finished in the third. It’s the first time I’ve been in finals consecutive weeks. It feels great.”