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Anderson eases into Acapulco semi-finals

Kevin Anderson’s good run continued in Acapulco on Thursday when he went through to the semi-finals of the Mexican Open, writes Mark Etheridge.

Lady luck was on the tall South African’s side though as he was a set down to top-seeded David Ferrer when the Spaniard was forced to retire.

Up 6-4 and but down 2-4 in the second , Ferrer was forced to have treatment in the locker room before coming out to resume battle but lost the next two points before calling it quits.

Until that stage, Anderson had fired down three aces to Ferrer’s one and was winning 75% of his first service points, despite being on the wrong end of the scoreline.

In last week’s Delray Beach Open, Anderson also benefited from misfortune to his opponent after Ivo Karlovic pulled out with a stomach virus in the Last 16 round.

The man Anderson next faces, was the one to beat Karlovic this week. Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine beat the Croatian in straight sets.

It’s Anderson’s first time in the semi-finals of an Open 500, despite having two ATP Tour wins under his belt.

The two have only met on one occasion till now and the Ukraine player has the edge having beaten Sanderson at last year’s World Tour Masters 1000 Canada and winning in straight sets.

“It’s unfortunate to win a match like this, but hopefully he gets better”, Anderson told AFP afterwards. “I talked to him and he said that it happened when he was trying to go for a ball and felt his leg tweak a little bit”.

Meanwhile, the doubles quarter-finals was nearly an all South African affair as Anderson and Durban-born Matt Ebden (now living in Australia) beat South African Raven Klaasen and his American partner Eric Butorac.

It was lengthy three-set affair with the final score being 7-6 (5), 3-6 and 13-11. Klaasen and Butorac, seeded fourth for the tournament, reached the doubles final of last month’s Australian Open.