Kevin Anderson has failed to make the quarter-finals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis, Tennessee, writes Mark Etheridge.
After winning his first round match against qualifier Robby Ginepri on Wednesday, our top-ranked singles player came up against a second American in the shape of Sam Querrey.
Querrey had won five of their six encounters prior to Thursday’s clash. Make that six out of seven now (in all forms of competition) after Querrey’s 7-6 6-4 victory.
The action lasted an hour and 32 minutes and despite Anderson out-acing Querrey to the tune of 7-3 he also had double the amount of double-faults (8-4) than the wildcard qualifier.
Querrey is no stranger to this tournament, having won both singles and doubles titles here two years ago.
Anderson, ranked 36th in the world, was seeded seventh for the tournament but is now sidelined as Querrey (No99) reached his first quarter-final berth of the season where he’ll play third seeded Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic.
There was also no joy in the doubles category for Anderson as he and Bahamian doubles partner Mark Knowles went out to top seeded Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor, the Bellarussian/Czech duo winning 7-5 6-2.