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Anderson topples Hewitt to reach third round

Kevin Anderson is through to the third round of the BNP Paribas Masters in Indian Wells, California, writes Mark Etheridge.

Seeded 17th for the $5-million tournament, Anderson had a bye in the first round.

That saw him getting some extra rest after making the final of the last two tournaments he has played, in Delray Beach, California and the Mexican Open in Acapulco.

Anderson came up against Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt in the second round and won in straight sets, 7-6 (5) 6-4. It was a game that saw Anderson winning the aces battle with seven to two and his service statistics were also comfortably better than Hewitt.

He’ll now come up against lucky loser Evgeny Donskoy.

The Russian beat American Michael Russell in the second round to set up the third round clash.

He’s currently ranked 114th in the world compared to Anderson’s 18th.

The two have only met once before, at last year’s French Open where Anderson won in four sets in their round of 64 match.

Meanwhile, Anderson’s fellow South African, Raven Klaasen, went out in the first round of doubles action. Teaming up with Eric Butorac, the man who reached the Australian Open final with him, Klaasen went down to Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, losing 2-6 7-6 (4) 10-6.

And in other SA action, Madrie le Roux is playing in the singles final of the ITF $10,000 Sharm El Sheick event in Egypt on Monday.


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