Our Kevin Anderson celebrated his move up to 31st spot on the world tennis rankings by moving through to the second round of the Australian Open on Monday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Anderson, who reached the final of the Apia International in Sydney on Saturday, beat Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi in four sets.
He dropped the first set to Lorenzi, going down 3-6 but took the second set on a tiebreak (7-3) and then won the next two sets comfortably enough, 6-3 6-4, in a match that lasted just under three hours.
Anderson won the ace battle 9-5 and his fastest service was an effort of 214 kilometres per hour, just 4kph faster than his opponent’s quickest serve.
His first service percentage was 75% and he won 73% of points on his first service. His unforced error count was fairly high at 48, compared to Lorenzi’s 38.
Our top-ranked singles player, Anderson now comes up against Andrey Kuznetsov.
Ranked 79th one wouldn’t expect the Russian to unduly trouble the lanky Anderson but the fact that he beat 11th seed Juan Monaco of Argentina on Monday will give him something to think about before the second round.