Kevin Anderson moved into the third round of the Sony Masters in Miami on Friday, building on a first round bye, writes Mark Etheridge.
Anderson, South Africa’s top-ranked singles player, beat Argentinian Horacio Zeballos in straight sets, 6-3 7-6 (4) to advance.
Anderson, seeded 26th for the tournament, fired down nine aces to his rival’s three and his servie-orientated game was on song as he nailed 77% of his first serves and won an impressive 86% of points on his first service.
The lanky Johannesburg-born player now comes up against Janko Tipsarevic in the third round.
The Serbian is currently ranked ninth in the world but Anderson will be buoyed by the fact that he came out tops in their only ATP clash to date, winning in straight sets in Atlanta, Georgia three years ago.
Meanwhile, Anderson’s SA compatriot, Natalie Grandin, went out in the first round of the women’s doubles at he same tournament.
Teaming up with Vladimira Uhlirova, they went down in three sets 7-6 3-6 10-6 to the Russian combination of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.