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Kevin beaten in NZ

Top-ranked tennis player Kevin Anderson came back down to earth with a bump at the Heineken Open in New Zealand on Tuesday.

After getting through to the semi-finals of the Brisbane International in Australia at the weekend and losing to second seeded Andy Roddick, the South African was looking to continue his fine run of form at the Auckland tournament.

But it was not to be as he came up against Romania’s Victor Hanescu in the first round and went down in three sets.

Anderson, now ranked 56th on the ATP Tour rankings (his highest ranking yet since turning pro in 2007), will at least take comfort in the fact that he lost to a player ranked higher than him (52nd).

The match, which ended 7-6 (7) 6-7 (3) 6-4, lasted 2hr 40min, a fair bit longer than his games at the Brisbane International.

The big-serving Anderson still won the battle of the aces 10 to six but this was negated by the fact that his first service percentage was only 65% and he struggled with seven double faults.