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Anderson loses singles final, but takes doubles title

Kevin Anderson made up for the disappointment of losing the Mexican Open singles final by getting back on court and winning the doubles title, writes Mark Etheridge.

The tall South African lost a marathon three-hour final in three-sets to Grigor Dimitrov, going down 7-6 (1) 3-6 7-6 (5).

He was back on court at 2am with doubles partner, Durban born Matt Ebden.

The two combined well to beat Feliciano Lopez and Mirnvi in straight sets, 6-3 6-3 in under an hour.

That meant that the duo have won their first ATP World Tour team title.

There was also good news for Anderson. He boosted his bank balance to the tune of $142,650 for reaching the singles final and the 300 ranking points he won see him moving to a career-high 18th spot on the ATP Tour rankings list. He also pocketed a further $46,730 for the doubles victory.

“It was a great week, reaching the finals of both,” Anderson told the tournament website. “It was a really close singles final; I played well and had my chances. Just a couple of points and it could have gone the other way.

“It feels good to go out there and win the doubles title with Matt. We had a lot of fun all week. We had some really close matches. He played really well and I was able to turn it around and actually feel quite good. All in all it was a great week.”


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