A dozen aces saw Kevin Anderson bulldoze his way into the quarter-finals of the Erste Bank Open tournament in Vienna, Austria on Wednesday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Anderson needed just over 90 minutes of action out on court to get the better of Marcos Baghdatis in the $650,000 hard-court tournament.
Seeded sixth for the tournament, our top-ranked singles player (No32) beat the Cypriot, now ranked just 59th in the world after a career-high of eighth back in 2006, in straight sets, 6-2 7-6(5).
Baghdatis had five aces of his own in the clash but Anderson’s big-serving game proved too much on the day. Anderson had a first service percentage of 69% compared to 55% by Baghdatis while he broke Baghdatis five times of the 10 opportunities that presented themselves.
Anderson will now face either home town player Jurgen Melzer, a two-time champion in Vienna, or Spain’s Guilermo Garcia-Lopez in the semi-finals. Melzer is seeded third for the tournament and currently ranked 25th in the world while Garcia-Lopez is currently placed 68th.