Kevin Anderson has marched into the semi-finals of the Delray Beach Open in California, writes Mark Etheridge.
The top-ranked South African singles player beat Marinko Matosevic in a three-set affair, dropping the first set 6-7 (3) but upping his game to close out the second and third sets 6-3 6-3.
Anderson has fond memories of this tournament, close to his American home when not in Johannesburg. It was here two years ago that he won his first ATP tournament, coincidentally also beating Australian Matosevic on that occasion.
He has also won the Johannesburg Open, the previous year.
Anderson narrowly shaded the aces struggle with a count of 10 to nine. His first service percentage was 62%, significantly higher than his opponent’s 49%.
He won four of the 13 break points that came up for him while Matosevic could only seize one of the five opportunities that┬á presented themselves.
Fourth seeded Anderson now has a great opportunity to go through to the final as he comes up against qualifier Steve Johnson. The American is ranked 142nd, way below Anderson’s current ranking of 21st.
The other semi-final will between seventh seed Marin Cilic of Croatia and American Jon Isner, the second seed.