Not even 14 aces could save our Kevin Anderson from defeat in the SAP Open tennis tournament in San Jose, California, writes Mark Etheridge.
It’s not often that Anderson gets out-aced but on this occasion defending champion Milos Raonic sent down 16 aces of his own as the Canadian went through to the semi-finals in straight sets, 7-5 7-6 (3).
Anderson also had two double-faults and failed to break the big-serving Raonic once during the match that lasted an hour and 42 minutes.
Anderson was seeded sixth for the $531,000 tournament and Raonic third. The two have never faced up until this match.
Eight of Raonic’s aces came in the first set and the other eight in the second set. “Obviously, my job was to take care of my serve. That’s the most important thing,” Raonic said. “If you fall behind, it’s easy for him to close out the set.”
Raonic will now come up against America’s Ryan Harrison in the semi-finals.