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Anderson takes on top Russian in Paris

Kevin Anderson wasn’t part of the South African tennis team that went down in the Davis Cup promotion/relegation side at the weekend, but there’s no getting away from the Russian connection, writes Mark Etheridge.

Struggling for form of late after wrist surgery, our top-ranked singles player now comes up against Russia’s No1 player Mikhail Youzhny in his latest tournament, the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.

Anderson dropped one spot in the ATP rankings on Monday, slipping out of the top 20 rankings.

But a win against Youzhny in the 3-million Euros tournament will do him no end of good. The Russian is rocketing up the rankings and has climbed six spots to his current 15th spot this last week.

Statistics are against Anderson though. The lanky South African has only played Youzhny on two previous occasions and both have gone the way of the Russian, who won in Beijing and Toronto in 2012, both matches on hard-court surfaces.