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Anderson ousted by Federer in California

Kevin Anderson’s fine run of form came to an end on Thursday when he went down to former world No1 Roger Federer in the quater-finals of the BNP Paribas Masters in Indian Wells, California, writes Mark Etheridge.

Currently ranked 18th in the world, Anderson went into the match with a confidence-boosting win over Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka but the Swiss ace’s countryman proved in a┬á different class.

Eighth ranked Federer only needed 69min to breeze past Anderson, winning in straight sets, 7-5 6-1 and keep on course for a fifth Indian Wells title.

Surprisingly, for a game featuring two top-quality servers there were only three aces apiece.

First service stats were pretty similar at 59% to Anderson and 65% to Federer and there also wasn’t much to separate the two in points won on first service (72 to 79%).

But it was the second service that proved a huge difference as Anderson could only win 32% of points on his second service to a whopping 89% for Federer.

Federer wrapped up the match with a service game to love and now comes up again Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in the semi-finals.

“You know, I gave myself chances and started with a few more returns in play at five-all,” Federer told AFP. “I was just also now in the match at that point, feeling good movement-wise, feeling good absorbing his pace. Then also being aggressive myself.

“I think the combination there in those 10 minutes, they all worked out for me. So it was big to win the set and then to go on to break early in the second. Then double break was like a bonus. From then on I was home basically.

“It was a really good match for me,” Federer said.

It was a textbook performance from the former world number one, whose ranking has slipped to eighth in the world but is projected to rise to five next week by reaching the final four.